Category: Environmental Response and Remediation

DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program: A Primer in Customer Service

July 25, 2017 By Joe Katz Someone once told me “A good project is never finished.” It seems like many environmental cleanup projects support this statement, even some you think are well in the rearview mirror. This is the story of one of them. The Jordan School District built the Sunset Ridge Middle School in …

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Report an Incident

Reporting Routine Environmental Incidents Regulated industry, permitted facilities, waste transporters and others are required by federal and/or state laws or regulations to report chemical spills and other environmental incidents within certain time frames, depending on the type of incident. Some incidents may also require the responsible party to notify the National Response Center at (800) …

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Environmental Response & Remediation
2016 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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DEQ: Brownfields Cleanup Gives Centro Civico Cause for Celebration

By Donna Kemp Spangler Brandy Farmer, president of Centro Civico Mexicano, knows how to throw a party – or more precisely a press conference. On November 29, 2016, the Centro Civico community center was overflowing with excitement. Dancers from Ballet Folklorico de las Americas performed on stage, twirling their colorful dresses. Authentic Mexican tacos were …

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Cleanup Benefits Air, Commuters, and Community

By Bill Rees If you’ve ever taken the Blue Line, commuted on FrontRunner, or hopped aboard the California Zephyr, you’ve benefitted from a brownfield cleanup. How? Well, Salt Lake’s bustling Intermodal Hub site sits atop what was once a contaminated, 18-acre railyard. The city remediated and repurposed this land through DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). This …

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Environmental Remediation: DEQ “Bomb Squad” Uncovers Old Munitions

By Katie Crane I am pretty sure I have one of the coolest jobs at DEQ: I provide regulatory oversight for the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), regulating the remedial response process for unexploded ordnance (UXO) sites. It involves a good dose of history, risk management, environmental cleanup, and of course – bombs. What’s not …

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Environmental Response: DEQ Protects Public from Toxic Chemical Releases

By Neil Taylor I am an environmental scientist in the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) at DEQ. The part of my job that I enjoy most is working in the state’s Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know (EPCRA) program. EPCRA was established by Congress after the 1984 release of the highly toxic pesticide methyl isocyanate …

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Tracking Increases Tank Compliance

By Doug Hansen The SUCCESS framework is Governor Herbert’s initiative to improve performance in state government by increasing operational efficiencies. In August 2014, DEQ logged its first project into the Success Management Information System (SMIS), the reporting tool used by the Office of Management and Budget to track the implementation of SUCCESS projects. DEQ’s project, …

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Mercury Spills What to Do

 By Neil Taylor Editor’s Note: This is the third of a series of posts—during the month of September—focused on simple home improvement tips to help improve your quality of life and the environment. It’s 2 a.m. and I’m sound asleep in my warm, comfy bed. Suddenly my cell phone rings. I obligingly answer it, “Department …

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Soils Cleanup: New Technology for Old Contamination

 By John Menatti Contaminated soils under a former gas station are heating up—literally. For the first time in Utah, an innovative technology called Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) is being used to clean up soil and water contaminated by gasoline leaks from underground storage tanks (USTs). DEQ is assisting in this cutting-edge cleanup effort by providing …

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EPA’s Superfund Program

 By Dave Allison It’s always challenging working as a liaison with the public on abandoned hazardous waste sites in Utah through EPA’s Superfund program. Chances are you’ve probably never heard of CERCLA or Superfund until a site is designated within your community and it’s our job to make a very complex process more understandable. The …

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DERR Division of Environmental Response and Remediation

By Brent Everett The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to making our programs as open and transparent to the public as possible. That’s one reason my staff and I are proud of DERR’s Interactive Map, a web-based tool that helps the public locate information about Superfund sites, Brownfields, underground storage tanks …

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Getting Rid of Household Hazardous Waste

By Pat Sheehan Household hazardous waste (HHHW) is any waste produced in the home which contains hazardous substances or may pose a threat to the environment, pets and wildlife, or human health (think little children as the most immediate risk). Products containing hazardous substances are often labeled with words such as: toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, …

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Ronald McDonald House

It looked like the “the house that love built” would have to put its expansion plans on hold after contractors for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) discovered gasoline contamination on property slated to house their new 38,000 square foot facility. The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) assisted RMHC by facilitating the installation of a vapor barrier so construction could proceed.

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