Category: Waste Management and Radiation Control

Talking Trash at DEQ

Interview with Matt Sullivan Most of us take our trash to the curb for pickup and don’t really consider where it goes after that. But did you know that the landfill that accepts your trash has to meet and maintain rigorous environmental standards to protect soils, ground water, and air? We asked Matt Sullivan, an …

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Radon: Silent Killer Lurks in One Out of Three Utah Homes

By Jan Poulsen, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. My name is Jan Poulsen, and I am a lung cancer survivor. I want to share my story in the …

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Hazardous Waste: DEQ Protects the Public through Inspections, Education

By Alex Pashley Almost everything we do creates some kind of waste. While many wastes are relatively benign, some are hazardous and need to be regulated to protect public health and the environment. As a hazardous waste inspector for the Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste (DSHW), I evaluate the hazardous …

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Radon: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

By Eleanor Divver In my job, I hear a lot of stories about families who have suffered terrible personal losses because they were unknowingly exposed to radon gas in their homes. Some of these stories, like the one below, just break my heart. A family moved to Salt Lake City eighteen years ago. The company …

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Keeping Used Oil From Going Down the Storm Drain

 By Scott Hopkins Editor’s Note: This is the second 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. If you like to do your own maintenance on your car, you’re in luck: Utah has one of the best used-oil collection …

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Testing for Radon Gas Could Save Your Life

 By Eleanor Divver Editor’s Note: This is the first 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. A family moved into their dream home in Salt Lake City 15 years ago and tested their home for radon gas. The …

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