Tag: PM2.5 (Particulate Matter)

UCAIR Isn’t Blowing Smoke with Its Wood Stove Exchange Program

By Bailey Toolson, 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. Our mission at UCAIR is to make it easier for individuals, businesses, and communities to make changes that improve our air. …

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Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Emissions, Improve Utah Air

By Lisa Burr Efforts to improve Utah’s air quality are getting a big boost thanks to a nationwide $15.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen (VW) for violations of the Clean Air Act. Utah is set to receive approximately $35 million from the settlement to offset nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from the approximately 7,000 VW, Audi, and …

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Residential Wood-Burning: To Burn or Not to Burn

By Nancy Daher More likely than not, you’ve owned a wood-burning appliance and used it to heat your home during cold, wintry nights. What you might not know, however, is that burning wood emits more pollution in the air than other heating devices. Smoke from residential wood heaters contains toxic pollutants and fine particle pollution, …

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EPA Scientists Join Utah DEQ in PM2.5 Study

By Ann Brown and Karen Stewart, Guest Bloggers 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. Winter in Utah brings to mind crystal clear blue skies, snow-capped mountains, and a long ski season. …

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Polluting Wood Stoves Go up in Smoke with Sole-Source Conversion Program

By Joel Karmazyn Most of us take for granted the luxury of heating our homes with natural gas. But did you know that some homeowners within Utah’s PM2.5 nonattainment areas heat their homes solely with wood or coal? Thanks to a $500,000 appropriation from the 2014 Utah State Legislature, the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) …

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Recess Guidance Protects Kids During Poor Air-Quality Days

By Brittany Guerra, 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. Winter months in Utah bring snow sports, holiday feasting, and seasonal inversions. As you’ve watched the mountain line slowly disappear …

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DEQ: Air Scientists Have Eyes in the Sky for PM2.5

By Donna Kemp SpanglerWant to know more? Want to know more? It doesn’t take a scientist to know Utah has prolonged periods of bad air during the winter. But it does take a team of local and national scientific researchers to understand more fully why we have bad air. For years, the Utah Department of Environmental …

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Idling Gets Us Nowhere Fast!

by Tammie Bostick Cooper, 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. Ten years ago, my niece came to my mountain home and announced her class was campaigning to stop the …

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Sole-Source Conversions Good for Air Quality, Homeowners

By Joel Karmazyn Most of us take for granted the luxury of heating our homes with natural gas. But did you know that some homeowners along the Wasatch Front and in Cache Valley heat their homes solely with wood or coal? This situation is a contributing factor to air pollution within Utah’s PM2.5 nonattainment areas …

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Air Quality: Where there’s Smoke, there’s Pollution

By Bo Call A cold winter night, a fire burning in the fireplace—what could be better? Well, that wood fire isn’t just filling your house with holiday cheer; it’s also filling it with pollutants that can hurt you. Most people don’t realize that the inviting smell of wood smoke comes along with some pretty hazardous …

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Tier 3 Standards Will Help Clean Utah Air

 By Glade Sowards There’s been a lot of buzz in Utah lately about Tier 3—shorthand for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program. When a geeky name like Tier 3 becomes a household word that’s used not only by us policy wonks but by Governor Herbert, mayors, legislators, radio …

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Air Quality App Puts Air Info at Your Fingertips

 By Philip Harrison Wondering what the air quality is like today? Is it OK to exercise? Should you take transit to work? Thanks to an air quality app developed through a partnership between Weber State University and the Division of Air Quality (DAQ), you need look no further than your smartphone. The new UtahAir app …

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