Topic: Environmental Politics

Environews: The Great Old Broad and the Closed Gate

San Juan County is using the courts to harass a woman who is a founding member of Friends of Cedar Mesa and former executive director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness (GOB). Rose …

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Environews: June 2018

Environmental news around the state and the West. San Rafael Swell in danger Utah’s  congressional delegation has introduced yet another terrible public lands bill, this time tryin …

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Then and Now: Kids Organized to Protect the Environment

In 1990, a group of SLC elementary school students in search of a problem-solving project saved an abandoned gully from being paved over and transformed it into a nature preserve. …

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A Winter Problem with Year-Round Solutions

Two recent studies correlate winter air pollution to short-term health risks along the Wasatch Front. We’ve long known the hazards of a lifetime spent breathing polluted air, but t …

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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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Environews: May 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. “I don’t want to be a god, even if I can. I want to be a servant of god, if by god we mean nature, life, the world. I want to …

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12 Facts about earth day

Earth Day is this Sunday and now more than ever we need to be conscious of how we affect our environment.  Myron Willson, deputy chief sustainability officer at the University of U …

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Mike Noel: Conflicted

The Utah Rivers Council has filed an ethics complaint against Representative Mike Noel (R-Kanab 73) regarding apparent conflicts of interest, unsurprisingly connected to real estat …

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Environmental Roundup for the Utah State Legislature

During the 2018 General Session the Utah Legislature passed good and bad environmental bills, and one very, very ugly bill. Good: • HB 27 Environmental assurance for underground st …

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For Happy Bees, go Pesticide-Free

Grassy lawns in Salt Lake City are borrowed from a whole different ecosystem than the one we live in. Maintaining a perfectly green lawn not only requires copious water but also ap …

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Oil Leasing Commences near our Monuments

When President Trump “downsized” two Utah national monuments, Interior Ryan Zinke claimed that “Bears Ears isn’t really about oil and gas.” That turned out to be a blatant lie. The …

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Land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Internationally important Great Salt Lake wetlands at risk

On March 16 Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 234, a bill creating an unelected Utah Inland Port Authority to take control of nearly 20,000 acres in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt La …

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Environews: April 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Internationally important Great Salt Lake wetlands at risk On March 16 Gover …

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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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Legislative Wrapup

Yet another legislative session has passed, and as always, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly that emerged. HEAL Utah was up on the Hill every day, working with our allies to …

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