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Inversions prompt EPA to bump Utah pollution status to 'serious'

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Dec 16th - 5:18pm

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.

Utah air quality, energy event draws diverse crowd

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Oct 9th - 1:28pm

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.

Got air pollution? New standards take big aim at vehicles, fuels

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Sep 22nd - 6:49am

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.

Air pollution due to fireworks a serious issue in Utah

Keith McCord  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:28pm

Starting Friday, Utahns can start lighting fireworks. It's a great time of year, but comes with a cost — especially with the air that we breathe.

Low oil prices could help improve Utah's air quality

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Apr 15th - 7:47am

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.

Air quality reaches unhealthy levels due to inversion

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 11th - 8:27pm

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.

Students from Neil Armstrong Academy study air pollution

Jed Boal  |  Posted   Jan 27th - 5:31pm

Air quality monitors give us pretty accurate information on the intensity of the pollution in most of our neighborhoods.

Utah air quality officials issue ban on open burning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Dec 27th - 7:02pm

Utah environmental officials are issuing a ban on burning devices such as fire pits and campfires because of air quality restrictions.

Groups call for earlier due date on Utah's air quality plan

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.

Utah Supreme Court hears air quality case

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.

Absurdly hot October sets 8th heat record this year

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 4:26pm

Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.

Committee OKs bill allowing air quality regulators to incorporate 'different' rules

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Mar 7th - 7:55pm

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.

Study: Pollution levels significantly linked to lung function in children

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Mar 7th - 1:55pm

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 Utah family's extreme solution to beat air pollution

Nkoyo Iyamba  |  Posted   Feb 11th - 12:45pm

After researching the issues with air pollution a Salt Lake family takes up extreme solutions to get out of the bad air.

Effort to crack down on 'smoking' vehicles chokes in committee hearing

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 3rd - 6:20pm

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.

Uneasy breathing: Leaders searching for air clearing solutions

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Jan 25th - 6:43pm

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.

TRAX trains, schools giving researchers better understanding of valley pollution

Mike Anderson  |  Posted   Jan 12th - 8:56pm

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.

Bird's-eye view aids U. inversion research

Jed Boal  |  Posted   Jan 9th - 10:32pm

University of Utah scientists are getting a clearer picture of the murky winter pollution in the valley thanks in part to KSL Chopper 5.

Health board bans wood fires on 'voluntary' action days in Salt Lake County

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jan 8th - 10:41pm

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.

Popular air quality program axed in early budget process

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:30am

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.