Issue Section: Environews

Environnews: Fossil of an energy policy for whose benefit?

The Trump administration has been sneaking nuclear waste shipments into Nevada.  Last month a coalition of concerned citizen groups has sent a formal letter to Governor Gary Herber …

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Environnews: Dump at Promontory Point

Friends of Great Salt Lake are concerned to learn that Weber County Commissioners are about to send municipal trash to Promontory Point on the shores of Great Salt Lake. The Utah D …

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Environnews: Trump attacks Endangered Species Act

Rule changes for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) could gut the country’s most effective law for protecting biodiversity. In August the Trump administration announced …

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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: An abundance of Painted Ladies!

Back in 1935 Utah’s spring migration of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) was described as filling the air with a windstorm of butterflies, “the effect resembling an autumn …

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Environews: Mighty 5 tourism woes

One problem with tourism is that it begets more tourism. Overtourism is not just caused by irresponsible geotagging or people trying to recreate Instagram photos. It’s also caused …

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Environews: Burr trail controversy resurfaces

In April, the Bureau of Land Management allowed Garfield County to chip-seal 7.5 miles of a remote dirt road, reigniting a historic environmental controversy over who owns nearly 3 …

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Jordan River Water Trail

In April, Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation hosted a series of open houses re. development of a Jordan River Water Trail. The project would create new boat access points and …

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Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

The U.S. Congress has passed a bipartisan Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to keep water levels from declining to critically low levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead, but tha …

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San Juan County withdraws Bears Ears objection

The three-member San Juan County Commission has voted to withdraw support for a 2017 Trump administration decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The Commissio …

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Environews: Rebecca Solnit honored with Utah Award

Environmental writer and historian Rebecca Solnit has received the second annual Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities, a $10,000 prize given by the University of Utah Environ …

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Environews: Climate deniers in Congress

Recently members of Utah’s congressional delegation have engaged in particularly embarrassing climate change denial. At a Western Caucus news conference in February, Rob Bishop (R- …

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Environews: Conservation groups oppose Utah oil shale development

A coalition of eight conservation groups has issued a notice of intent for a lawsuit to block oil shale development in Utah’s Uinta Basin. The Trump Administration recently granted …

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Environews: Congressional hearing on Monument downsizing

On March 13 the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments. Representatives from …

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