User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Regional
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
Last updated: Sep 19 2016 05:44 IST RSS 2.0
 
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In defense of Clean Air Task Force pollution report 19.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Matt Dempsey’s guest commentary makes numerous claims about the Clean Air Task Force’s recent report, “Gasping for Breath,” that require response.
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The case for Hickenlooper acting on carbon pollution and climate change 18.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Lost among the political chatter about a plan from Gov. John Hickenlooper to cut carbon pollution and address climate change is the very straightforward notion that this is critical for our state.
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Washington state implements rule to combat climate change 17.9.2016 High Country News Most Recent
State Department of Ecology unveils initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution.
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Report undermines Colorado’s efforts to reduce air pollution 11.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Rather than joining efforts to develop solutions that ensure clean air and a healthy economy, anti-fossil fuel activist groups seem far more interested in targeting the public with alarmist reports.
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Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site in Florida during test 1.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cape Canaveral, Fla. • An explosion rocked a SpaceX launch site Thursday during a routine rocket test. SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred shortly after 9 a.m., according to NASA. The test was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Buildings several miles away shook from the blast, and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. Dark smoke filled the overcas...
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Letter: Higher speeds mean dirtier air 1.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Tribune’s editorial on Aug. 19, “Killer heat,” described the deadly danger of ozone and the fact that ozone deaths are statewide and not just along the Wasatch Front. We have now exceeded the EPA’s standard for ozone this summer and that could result in the EPA requiring Utah to develop a formal plan for ozone reduction. There would almost certainly be costs associated with such an effort. The editorial also points out that “More than half of our ozone precursors come from motor vehicles.” F...
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Ozone smog from oil and gas industry may be hurting children with asthma, study says 31.8.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Environmental health groups analyzing government air quality data have concluded ozone smog from domestic oil and gas production is causing hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks in children.
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Letter of the Week: Utah should work to improve our air now 28.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
We at Breathe Utah were delighted to read that Mike McKee, the Uinta County commissioner, is as worried about ozone in the Uintah Basin as we are [“EPA should give us leeway to solve our unique ozone issues,” Aug. 21]. We agree that cookie-cutter solutions have their limitations, and agree that now is a good time to discuss ways to make meaningful improvements to the area’s high ozone pollution. Commissioner McKee argues that EPA shouldn’t make the Uintah Basin into a nonattainment zone, becaus... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Ozone study didn't tell the whole story 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Aug. 10 article “Report estimates ozone pollution kills more than a dozen people in Salt Lake City each year” on the American Thoracic Society’s recent report Health of the Air fails to provide readers key information about our federal air quality standards. First, the article does not mention that the Environmental Protection Agency just last year, based on thousands of public health studies, rejected tightening standards to 60 parts per billion (ppb), choosing instead to tighten the standa... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake City offices while calling for the company to stand down and comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require the pollution controls, rather than file its plan... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Op-ed: EPA should give us leeway to solve our unique ozone issues 21.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered its standards for permissible ground level ozone from 75 parts-per-billion (ppb) to 70 ppb under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Although ozone is a naturally occurring phenomenon, most scientists agree that extreme concentrations of ozone, especially when hovering over cities, can have adverse health effects. If a county or region exceeds EPA’s ozone standard, they designate that county as being in “nonattainment,” which carries with it serious econ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Year-round red unhealthy air days? 19.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Could we be headed for year round red unhealthy air days? That crossed my mind when I read the Tribune’s Monday Box Canyon Fire article, which stated, “A Red Flag Warning was in effect through Tuesday for the fire area.” Utahns are concerned about red unhealthy air quality index (AQI) winter days due to PM2.5. Will we have the same concern in the summer? “A surge in major wildfire events in the U.S. West as a consequence of climate change will expose tens of millions of Americans to high levels ...
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U.S. Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination near Colorado Springs 19.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.
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Colorado Air Force base may have released chemical into drinking water, military says 18.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The military said Wednesday it has identified six places on an Air Force base in Colorado where firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals may have escaped into the environment and made its way into drinking water in two nearby communities.
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Report estimates ozone pollution kills more than a dozen people in Salt Lake City each year 10.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Ozone pollution is responsible for an estimated 13 deaths annually in Salt Lake City, according to a new report on the nationwide impacts of air pollution on human health. The study, a joint effort of the American Thoracic Society and New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, looked at the health risks associated with long-term exposure to air pollutants and used local air data to quantify the impact of air quality in any given U.S. city. It did not consider the health impact o...
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Federal methane guidelines, modeled on Colorado’s rule, also necessary 5.8.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The recent two-year anniversary of the Colorado methane rule, the first statewide comprehensive regulation of methane pollution from oil and gas operations, was recognized at the University of Colorado Denver this week.
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'Utah is willing to let any and all dirty projects go forward': Sierra Club objects to plan for coal-to-liquids plant 4.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Environmentalists are taking on an air quality permit that Utah recently awarded a firm proposing a plant in Wellington that would produce liquid fuels from coal. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is giving Revolution Fuels too much latitude to release pollution from the plant that would process up to 750 tons of coal a day, according to a petition the Sierra Club filed recently asking DEQ Director Alan Matheson to revoke the permit and remand it to the Division of Air Quality for a ...
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Environmentalists plan to sue EPA in absence of final word on Utah's 'serious' air designation 1.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Environmental Protection Agency is again under fire for not reviewing Utah air quality proposals in a timely fashion, with two groups saying the feds should have classified Utah’s small-particle pollution as “serious” weeks ago. Two national organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health, intend to sue the EPA for its failure to “perform multiple mandatory duties” required of it by the Clean Air Act, with the agency missing deadlines established in... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution 26.7.2016 Denver Post: Business
Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions.
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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution 25.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, into the upper atmosphere, where they trap heat from the sun. But proposed rules such as imposing fuel-effici...
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