Topic: Environmental Politics

EnviroNews: Development plans issued for land cut from monuments

The Bureau  of Land Management (BLM) has approved development plans for public lands cut from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments even though lawsuits to re …

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EnviroNews: Can Dominion Energy meet a net-zero goal?

Dominion Energy, which supplies natural gas to Utah consumers, has announced a “net-zero” goal to offset greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Unfortunately, the details are a bit sket …

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EnviroNews: Rubber Dodo goes to Secretary Bernhardt

The Center for Biological Diversity has given Interior Secretary David Bernhardt the 2019 Rubber Dodo award for a person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy Americ …

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EnviroNews: Stop the Uinta Basin Railway

The federal Surface Transportation Board recently began work on an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed Uinta Basin Railway intended to send Utah crude oil to out-of-state …

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EnviroNews: University of Utah shifts to clean energy

As of January the University of Utah is ranked #8 in the Environmental Protection Agency list of the largest green power users in higher education, with 49% of total electricity us …

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Utah’s 7th Annual Clean Air Solutions Fair

Saturday March 7th, 11am-4pm The Gateway, South end of the Union Station Come with questions, leave with solutions On one hand, the longterm prospect for the Salt Lake Valley’s air …

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EnviroNews: SITLA renewable energy

Even the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) is getting into the green energy business. SITLA, notorious for oil sands leasing and support for various …

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EnviroNews: Oil & gas leases on Slickrock Trail?

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is set to offer oil and gas leases on 5,000 acres in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, home to Moab’s famous Slickrock Trail, adjacent to …

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EnviroNews: Fact-checking the Inland Port

Since the State of Utah has so far failed to analyze environmental impacts of building an inland port northwest of Salt Lake City, a coalition of citizen groups has released a fact …

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EnviroNews: Environment and quality of life

Despite a strong economy, environmental degradation has negative impacts on Utah’s quality of life, according to the 2018 Quality of Life Survey conducted by the Utah Foundation an …

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EnviroNews: Utah legislative session bill trackers

The 2020 General Session of the Utah Legislature ends March 12, 2020. The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and HEAL Utah track priority environmental bills that they support or oppo …

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Utah’s 2020 legislative session

Ends on March12. The final days are the busiest. At this point in Utah’s 45-day legislative session, most bills have been introduced. Some have been moving positively through the l …

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Citizen scientists take to the air

PurpleAir, AirU and the future of air quality monitoring. It’s the tail end of Utah’s inversion season—a time when one might assume winter’s passionate concern regarding air qualit …

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It bears repeating: The dirty truth about burning wood

Utahn’s are getting the message. Wood smoke contains over 200 chemicals and compounds, including carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), diox …

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Indoor air quality

You can’t see it but you may smell it. The cloud of smog lurking under the latest inversion isn’t the only pollution cloud on the horizon. Every house, office and classroom has its …

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