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Environews: Of road widening and traffic jams

As the population of Utah grows, the Wasatch Front should prepare for a permanent traffic jam, especially since managers at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) seem to thi …

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Environews: Citizen opposition growing against Inland Port

Citizen opposition is growing against building a massive, industrialized inland port in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake City near the airport and new prison site. Early on, the …

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Environews: ‘Tis the season for toxic algae

In June the Utah Division of Water Quality issued the first warning advisory of the season for harmful algal blooms in Utah Lake. Utah Lake is “hypereutrophic, meaning it is overly …

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Environews: 11th reason the Lake Powell pipeline is a bad idea

Add one more thing to the Utah Rivers Council’s list of “10 Reasons why the Lake Powell Pipeline Isn’t Needed”—the pipeline is likely to spread invasive quagga mussels into other w …

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Environews: Drilling in Green River Wildlife Refuge

Texas-based Thurston Energy plans to drill for oil and build storage tanks in the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge where industrial development and leaks would harm wetland areas tha …

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Environews: Bicycles in wilderness?

Utah Senator Mike Lee has re-introduced a bill to allow “local federal officials” to determine whether or not to allow mountain bikes in wilderness areas, a transparent effort to t …

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Environews: Utah to study climate change

Despite that the Utah Legislature does not  “believe” in climate science, the 2019-2020 budget for the State of Utah allocates $200,000 for the Kem C. Gardiner Institute at the Uni …

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Environews: State wildfire plan for Utah

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing an assessment for wildfire mitigation projects in Utah. This sounds like a good thing. Climate change is predicted to re …

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Environews: Factory Butte opened to off-road mayhem

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Richfield Field Office has rescinded cross-country travel restrictions on 5,400 acres of public lands near Factory Butte, a scenic landmark on t …

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Environews: Clean the Darn Air

It’s a fundamental principle of economics: If you tax something, you get less of it. That’s the idea behind a citizen ballot initiative to clean up Utah’s air pollution problem wit …

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EnviroNews: Uinta Basin Railway an environmental train wreck

At a meeting in Vernal, Utah’s Community Impact Fund Board approved $21.4 million in public money to build a Uinta Basin Railway intended to send fossil fuel from Utah to refinerie …

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Uinta Basin Railway an environmental train wreck At a meeting in Vernal, Utah’s Community Impact Fund Board approved $21.4 million in public money to build a Uinta Basin Railway in …

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Environews: Bears Ears Advisory Committee stacked with nay-sayers

In yet another show of bad faith toward American Indian tribes, interior Secretary David Bernhardt (replacing the disgraced Ryan Zinke) has appointed a Monument Advisory Committee …

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Environews: SUWA lawsuits prevail

The Trump Administration keeps losing in court, and that’s a good thing for Utah’s public lands. In March, the Washington Post reported that in a rush for deregulation, Trump offic …

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Environews: State of the Air 2019

The American Lung Association grades Salt Lake County “F” for clean air. As a whole, the Salt Lake metropolitan area (Salt Lake City-Provo –Orem) is ranked as the 8th most polluted …

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