User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Regional
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
Last updated: Jan 18 2017 08:35 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Activists: Expect small steps on Utah air quality 18.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
State lawmakers have thus far proposed few air-quality measures for their upcoming session — and activists on the issue say that may not be such a bad thing. As the Jan. 23 opening of the 2017 Utah Legislature loomed, environmental groups said Tuesday that nothing currently on the table is expected to have a large impact in improving Utah’s air pollution problems. Stormy weather this winter has kept inversions in check, according to Matt Pacenza, executive director of HEAL Utah, and environmenta... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah's 2017 resolution: A plan for cleaner air 16.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah faces a host of environmental challenges in 2017, but state officials say they are making one their top priority: air quality. The state may need new initiatives for reducing levels of small-particulate pollution, the culprit associated with Utah’s wintertime inversion troubles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reclassify three Wasatch Front counties ­— Salt Lake, Utah and Cache — as “serious” nonattainment areas, requiring stepped-up measures for cutting particulate...
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Colorado Springs wrestles with sulfur dioxide pollution from central coal-fired power plant 15.1.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
For decades, the coal-fired Drake power plant at the heart of Colorado Springs has emitted more than 1,500 tons a year of sulfur dioxide (SO2), toxic gas that hangs in the air against mountains. And since the federal government set a national air quality health limit seven years ago, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, EPA and city officials have failed to install a measuring system for sulfur dioxide they consider valid.
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U.S. alleges Fiat Chrysler cheated on emissions 12.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Detroit • The U.S. government is accusing Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement Thursday that it issued a “notice of violation” to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups, all with 3-liter diesel engines. The California Air Resour...
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Ford adds 816,000 cars to Takata air bag recall 12.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Detroit • Ford is adding more than 816,000 vehicles in North America to the growing Takata air bag inflator recall. The company says the latest callback covers the 2005-2009 and 2012 Mustang and the 2006-2009 and 2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ. Also included are the 2007-2009 Ford Ranger and Edge, the 2007-2009 Lincoln MKX, the 2006-2009 Mercury Milan and the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT. All have front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata that can explode with too much force an...
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Letter: Utah's real slogan should be 'Life Asphyxiated' 11.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
On Dec. 29, highly toxic PM 2.5 particle pollution in Salt Lake’s air hit 70.9 micrograms/cubic meter: in the Red Zone, even by the lax standards of our Department of Environmental Quality. A concentration over 3.0 adversely affects health, children’s especially. We are now registering more than 20 times that level. It’s inversion season — little different from those past. Air pollution is now a worldwide problem, worst in countries with brutal political leadership. India, China, Nigeria, etc., ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: The PurpleAir option for measuring air quality 10.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Dec. 30 article, “Bad air and broken pollution monitors to ring in 2017,” brings home the inadequacy of our official air pollution monitoring system. In spite of good intentions, Utah’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is not doing the job they should: Effectively monitoring our air quality to help protect the public from harmful polluted air. The DAQ is apparently handicapped by old and very few monitoring stations, at least some of which may be rendering inaccurately low readings. Fortunatel...
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Weather: Sunday and Monday snow expected to improve Utah's air quality 1.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah will start the new year with a fresh blanket of snow. Flurries are expected Sunday along the Wasatch Front, with at least an inch falling overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is expected to continue Monday, with Salt Lake City forecast to receive 2 to 3 inches during the storm. Ogden may receive up to 6 inches during the storm; Brigham City up to 5 inches; and 3 to 5 inches in Provo, where snow is expected to persist into Monday night. Heavy snow was forecast for the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Gallery: Salt Lake County's bad air as seen from above and below 1.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune photographers on Friday and Saturday saw both sides of the Wasatch Front’s inversion — literally. Photograph Chris Detrick returned to Salt Lake City on an airplane Friday night and snapped some shots of the pollution obscuring the valley lights. Photographer Scott Sommerdorf was on the ground Saturday in Rose Canyon near Herriman. He found haze strewn across the mountains. [Click here for the full gallery.] The next chance for air quality to improve is Sunday night when a s...
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Utah will welcome 2017 with bad air and broken pollution monitors 30.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s first major pollution episode of the season likely will be sticking around to ring in the new year, but equipment failures are already interfering with the state’s real-time air quality reports. As of Thursday, levels of air pollution in Salt Lake County were in the red range — generally unhealthy for all people — while Utah and Davis counties’ air quality was unhealthy for sensitive populations. Pollution data from Weber County was unavailable on account of a malfunctioning monitor, but...
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Utah forecast: A cold, foggy and smoggy Wasatch goodbye for the last days of 2016 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Macbeth’s witches would feel right at home with the northern Utah’s year-ending spell of balefully brittle cold, patchy fog and pernicious smog. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” Shakespeare’s portentous, cauldron-stirring trio moaned. “Hover through fog and filthy air.” At least, they had that fire to stay warm on that gray, millennium-old Scottish heath. But if you venture out in the Wasatch Front’s early dawn during the waning days of this final week of 2016, better bundle up: the National We... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah forecast: A cold, gray denouement for 2016; fresh snow and air in the New Year 28.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The waning days of 2016 will see light snow for the mountains, continuing frigid temperatures, and persistent pollution for the Wasatch Front’s inversion-plagued urban valleys. The National Weather Service says you can blame all that on a high pressure system lingering over the region. Those conditions will last almost right up to the moment Utahns ring in the New Year, when a fresh snowstorm is expected to scour the air. Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Box Elder and Cache counties will remain lo...
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Want to really help fight Utah pollution? Buy a new car, group suggests 26.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
With new federal regulations for vehicle emissions set to take effect this coming year, state officials are eager to remind residents of the impact their transportation choices have on Utah’s air. Vehicles are responsible for about half of the emissions that contribute to Utah’s infamous wintertime-inversion episodes and to elevated ozone levels in the summer, said Glade Sowards, a policy analyst for the Utah Division of Air Quality. If everyone were to replace their old car with a new model, he...
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Op-ed: Leaking gas is wasting our resources and our lungs 25.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Natural gas is a fuel source used to warm homes. As Utah’s population grows, the demand for natural gas grows. As burning fuel of any sort makes precursors to wintertime particulate pollution in the Wasatch Front, Breathe Utah always reminds consumers to be conservative in how we use gas. Furthermore, since by-products of fossil fuel extraction give rise to wintertime pollution in the Uinta Basin, a responsible approach to extraction is just as important. Unfortunately, a huge amount of natural...
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Smog chokes Chinese cities, grounding flights, closing roads 20.12.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
BEIJING (AP) — Thick, gray smog fell over Beijing on Tuesday, choking China's capital in a haze that spurred authorities to cancel flights and close some highways in emergency measures to cut down on air pollution.
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Smoggy North China shut down factories, cars 19.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Beijing • Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories Monday to reduce air pollution during a national “red alert.” More than 700 companies stopped production in Beijing and traffic police were restricting drivers by monitoring their license plate numbers, state media reported. Dozens of cities closed schools and took other emergency measures after a “red alert” was issued from Friday night to Wednesday for much o...
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EPA plans to classify Utah air quality misses as 'serious' 17.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Nearly a year after communities on the Wasatch Front failed to attain federal air-quality standards, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed upgrading their nonattainment status to serious. Utah’s Division of Air Quality now must be more strict about issuing air quality permits and must submit a new plan outlining how it will clean up the air in the Logan, Provo and Salt Lake City areas. Those three Utah regions — as well as Anchorage, Alaska — had failed to come into compliance with f...
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Op-ed: We cannot turn from our clean-energy future, and we shouldn't try 11.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Despite ongoing denial of climate change and the risks of air pollution by certain politicians, environmental regulation has been essential for states and cities to protect public health. But expanding fossil fuel extraction and weakening environmental regulations — the core of President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to environmental policy — would be disastrous for the communities that house energy infrastructure. If fulfilled, Trump’s campaign promises to scrap the Clean Power Plan and the Par...
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Editorial: Pollution monitoring is a core government function 10.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Protecting the lives and safety of the public is a core function of government at all levels. Gov. Gary Herbert recognized that when he chose to put into his proposed state budget much of the limited increase in state revenue — other than income tax funds that are constitutionally tied to education — into such public safety operations as the Utah Highway Patrol and the Department of Corrections. And it is also the reason why Herbert will once again ask the Legislature to upgrade the state’s cap...
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Utah air, environmental regulators hope they can bank on guv's proposed budget 9.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Environmental regulators in Utah are hoping for a brighter 2017 after reading the governor’s proposed budget. Gov. Gary Herbert’s budget suggests dedicating $1.45 million next year to buy new air quality monitors and upgrade old, increasingly unreliable equipment. The budget also recommends assigning $123,000 for algal bloom response in the wake of this summer’s massive toxic algal bloom on Utah Lake. The Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) requested $2.2 million from the Legislature this year,... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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