Articles

Who Needs Clean Air, Anyway?

Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency loosens protections affecting Uthns If you feel like the health of our environment is under siege these days, you’re not alone. Here’s a qui …

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Nature

Dust

From stardust to the Dust Bowl to what’s under your bed, dust is a ubiquitous part of life. Here, we learn what DUST means to modern-day Utahns. If you live along the Wasatch Front …

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Environmental Politics

Summer Ozone, pt.2

Last month we learned about summer air pollution and what we can do to reduce emissions that lead to ozone formation. Here’s how the EPA is helping Utah meet goals for cleaner air. …

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Health

Breathe: What Lies Ahead

What you should know—and can do—about summertime air pollution. Spring is here, and mild temperatures and frequent rain showers keep the air along the Wasatch Front relatively clea …

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Environmental Politics, Urban Planning

A Banner Year for Air Quality Bills

Not all was won; but many steps were taken in the direction toward cleaner air for all Utahns. During the 2018 Legislative Session, I was closely watching proposed “clean air legis …

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Environmental Politics

Breathe: Freight Switchers

A notable source of local air pollution you’ve never even heard of before. Last spring a unique and significant source of air pollution caught my attention. At that time, I was a m …

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Environmental Politics, Health

Refinery Row

Though unattractive, the century-old refineries to the north of Salt Lake are more than pulling their weight regarding air quality improvements and emissions reductions. When it co …

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Environmental Politics

When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (and Lungs)

It’s time to pay attention to “no burn” days. Tis the season for relentless episodes of national-newsworthy air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley—air that reaches the unhealthy ran …

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Environmental Politics, Transportation

VW Deception Redux (and Come-Uppance)

Thanks to an allocation of about $35 million from the Volkswagen Settlement, Utah has a unique opportunity to replace some old dirty diesel equipment with new, cleaner models. You …

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Transportation

More Cars, Less Pollution

Despite more drivers on the road, Tier 3 vehicles and fuel standards will lower emissions in Utah. If you’re concerned about the Salt Lake Valley’s air quality, you probably know t …

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