The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reclassify Utah's nonattainment pollution zones from "moderate" to "serious," which means the state will have to come up with a new plan to control PM2.5 or fine particulates in the winter.
The complexity of Utah's air quality challenges and how best to combat them in cost-effective and scientifically grounded ways was central to Wednesday discussions at the Utah Air and Energy Symposium.
A committee of Utah lawmakers was briefed Wednesday on the tremendous gains to be had in cutting air pollution from vehicles through new federal standards for vehicles and fuels. Regulators believe there will be big impacts on the Wasatch Front.
Oil and gas producers as well as state regulators joined the Governor's Office of Energy Development at a conference Thursday in Duchesne County to discuss unique challenges associated with Uinta Basin crude oil, including getting it to market.
The air outside is unhealthy, according to measurements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but the body has natural defenses like tears and phlegm to help you fight back. It's gross, but these are good warriors to help protect you.
Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Dec 8th - 9:01pm
Environmental groups are urging the federal government to require Utah to complete a plan by the summer of 2017 for how it will clean up dirty winter air, instead of a proposed deadline of the end of 2018.
Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Dec 2nd - 4:01pm
As a dirty layer of winter air hovered over the city Wednesday, a coalition of environmental groups asked the Utah Supreme Court to reverse the state's decision to expand operations at an oil refinery that they say will contribute to some of the worst air quality in the nation.
A Senate committee approved a measure that would allow Utah to pass rules that are "different" from the federal government when it comes to air quality. The measure had Republican support and now goes before the full Legislature.
A study tracking 2,000 children over two decades in Southern California shows that children's lung function improved significantly as pollution levels decreased. The study shows pollution control strategies have a definitive public health benefit.
A lawmaker's proposal to allow the Motor Vehicle Division to revoke a person's vehicle registration over noncompliance with emissions standards faltered Tuesday in a House committee. Lawmakers had concerns over potential ability to seize title.
As the Salt Lake Valley enjoyed a brief respite from oppressive winter inversion Tuesday, academic and government leaders did not breathe easy, leading events in various cities focussed on improving Utah's smoggy air.
University of Utah researchers are taking a new approach to watching air pollution with the help of TRAX trains. Additionally, several schools along the Wasatch Front have air quality monitors. Both programs are helping to educate researchers and students on Utah's pollution problem.
It is now illegal for Salt Lake County residents to burn wood or coal in their fireplace, light an outdoor fire pit, or use their charcoal grill on "voluntary" air action days called by the Utah Division of Air Quality. Violators will face fines.
There's still a little more than two weeks left in the 2016 Utah Legislature, but a popular program to reduce pollutants through small engine replacement and diesel retrofits faces elimination because it did not get any funding.