Category: Communication Office

Division of Environmental Response and Remediation
2018 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to cleaning up properties to protect human health and the environment, ensuring that underground storage tanks are used properly, delivering exceptional customer service, and forming collaborative partnerships with businesses and stakeholders. Program objectives include: Assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties to protect human health and …

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Division of Air Quality
2018 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) protects Utah’s air through a variety of programs that protect, maintain, and enhance the air quality in the state. DAQ ensures the state’s compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and visibility standards at its national parks, enacts rules pertaining to air-quality standards, develops plans to meet …

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Research Projects
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

Legislative funding for air-quality research has provided DAQ with the resources to investigate the complex conditions that lead to high pollution levels during winter inversions and summer ozone episodes. Better understanding of the unique conditions that lead to poor air quality helps DAQ craft effective regulations, target emission sources, and apply appropriate emission-control technologies. In …

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Tier 3 Fuels
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

Tier 3 gasoline is part of the latest generation of jointly-issued vehicle emission and fuel standards developed by the EPA. Under Tier 3 (171.32 KB), the sulfur content of gasoline will be reduced from an average of 30 parts per million (ppm) down to 10 ppm to enable the more efficient operation of vehicle emission-control systems. …

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Ozone Standard
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

In October 2015, EPA finalized a new 8-hour ozone standard that lowered the ozone standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. DAQ was given one year to evaluate statewide air-monitoring data to determine which areas met the new standard. DAQ completed its ozone area designation review and five-factor analysis in September 2016 …

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Uinta Basin
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

On August 3, 2018, EPA designated parts of the Uinta Basin as a Marginal nonattainment area for the 2015 ozone standard (479.91 KB).  The nonattainment boundary was defined as all land in Uinta and Duchesne Counties below a contiguous, external perimeter of 6,250-feet elevation. A Marginal designation is the least stringent classification for a nonattainment area …

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Regional Haze
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

Utah’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) was developed to protect the vistas of Class 1 areas, including Utah’s five national parks, from regional haze. In 2013, EPA approved the majority of the Regional Haze SIP dealing with emission reductions for sulfur dioxide (SO2) but disapproved the SIP’s best available retrofit technology (BART)  determinations for nitrogen …

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Volkswagen (VW) Settlement
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

In 2015, EPA issued two notices of violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen Group[1] (VW), the German automotive manufacturer. EPA asserted that VW installed software that activated emissions controls only while undergoing emissions testing but rendered certain emissions controls inoperative during normal driving conditions. Consequently, approximately 500,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles (models 2009 …

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Utah Clean Diesel Program
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded nearly $2.4 million to the Utah Clean Diesel Program for a heavy-duty diesel-truck replacement program. Class 5-8 diesel trucks that operate a minimum of 50 percent of their time in Utah’s nonattainment areas may be funded up to 25 percent for new replacement trucks. Retiring diesel trucks (engine-model years …

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EPA Targeted Airshed Grant
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

In 2016, EPA awarded DAQ $5 million out of $20 million available through its Targeted Airshed Grants program. The funding was earmarked to help Provo and Logan meet federal air-quality standards for wintertime particulate pollution. The grant money funds two $2.5 million projects over a five-year period. DAQ used the grant to replace 33 school …

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Continuous Improvement/SUCCESS Framework
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

DAQ is committed to continuous improvement to improve performance and implement innovations that advance quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. Listed below are a few of the ongoing continuous improvement/SUCCESS Framework process improvements within DAQ. Continuous Improvement Spotlight: Air Quality Permitting Over the past few years, DAQ has adopted process improvements to its permitting program to reduce …

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Utah’s Environment: A Look Back at 2018

Each week in the “DEQ Blog” we document the hard work of DEQ’s engineers, scientists and staff. At the start of a new year, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at the ten most popular blogs from 2018.

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