Tag: Jared Mendenhall

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Seasonal Wood Burning Restrictions Begin November 1

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality reminds Northern Utah residents that wood burning restrictions go into effect Nov. 1, 2020. Help improve our air quality and protect the health of your neighbors and loved ones by following the wood burning restrictions.

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Testing the Waters at the Inland Port

Last month, scientists from DEQ’s Division of Water Quality installed stormwater monitors around the future site of the Utah Inland Port. These monitors will provide the Utah Inland Port Authority and DEQ scientists with valuable data about potential stormwater-related pollution at the site.

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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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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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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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