Tag: Jared Mendenhall

Utah Scientists Using Sewage to Track Coronavirus

Utah Scientists Using Sewage to Track Coronavirus

In April, a pilot program was launched to determine whether monitoring sewage for coronavirus could provide a useful tool for public health officials for early detection of rising infections, monitoring overall community infection trends, and confirmation of low infection rates.

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Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

What impact did fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, teleworking and social distancing have on Utah air quality? Logan Mitchell, a researcher at the University of Utah, took a look at the data from DEQ’s monitors to find out.

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Inversion Season 2019-2020

Inversion Season 2019-2020

On March 31, DEQ’s Division of Air Quality called an end to the 2019-20 inversion season and stopped issuing its Action Forecasts for PM2.5 pollution. Utah residents have taken air quality seriously. Efforts by citizens and regulators alike have resulted in improved air quality in Northern Utah.

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Image of men installing an underground storage tank

Keeping an Eye on Underground Storage Tanks

Out of sight, out of mind. The old adage reminds us that ignorance is bliss. Luckily for Utah residents, the engineers and scientists at DEQ’s Division of Environmental Response and Remediation are not ignorant of one important out-of-sight risk—underground storage tanks.

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Tier 3 in Utah image of refinery

Understanding Tier 3 in Utah

Since Gov. Gary Herbert announced that Utah refineries would produce Tier 3 gas, residents have had a lot of questions about the cleaner fuel. In this installment of #IamUtahDEQ video series, we take a ride with Glad Sowards, a policy analyst with Utah’s Division of Air Quality, to answer all your Tier 3 questions.

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Testing Your Home for Radon

Radon impacts one out of every three homes in Utah. It is also the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Testing your home is cheap and easy.

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Understanding Utah’s Air Quality

Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality often hears from resident who want to know more about Utah’s air quality, the pollutants, the causes, and what they can do to help reduce their emissions.

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DEQ Bids Farewell to Brad Johnson

At the end of April, DEQ will bid farewell to longtime Deputy Director Brad Johnson. Brad has been with the department for more than 30 years and contributed immensely to our mission to safeguard and protect Utah air, land and water.

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Air Quality Researchers Hunt for PM2.5 Precursors

Researchers from DEQ, EPA, the University of Utah, Utah State University, and BYU joined forces for the Wasatch Front Ammonia and Chloride Observations (WaFACO) study. The study is looking for sources of ammonia on the Wasatch Front—a precursor to PM2.5.

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ULend Helps Improve Utah Air Through Applied Technology

By Jared Mendenhall The Uinta Basin drew little interest from European settlers when they reached the Great Basin. In fact, the Deseret News reported that the basin was a “vast contiguity of waste…valueless excepting for nomadic purposes, hunting grounds for Indians and to hold the world together.” This all changed in 1948 when oil was …

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Keeping Tabs on HABs

Summertime means movie sequels. Star Wars, The Avengers and Jurassic Park return to theaters this year. Also making a comeback are harmful algal blooms.

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