Clearing the Air

KUER News and RadioWest are bringing you a series of stories and conversations on Utah's air. It's easy to look at the haze on a red air quality day and say that something needs to be done about it. But what? We'll be talking about the roles that individuals, industry and government can play in cleaning up Utah's air quality. We'll also look at what the costs may to be to our economy and our health if we don't.

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8:29am

Mon January 27, 2014
January 27, 2014 | Local News

Breaking the Pollution Habit

Industry, business and the general public all contribute to Utah’s bad air, but there’s general agreement that cars and trucks are a major part of the problem. That means that our reasonable habits of driving to work, waiting in a warm car to pick up the kids up from school, or driving to the mountains to ski or hike all contribute to our bad air. Monday a panel of guests will join us to discuss what it takes to change our habits, on a personal level, and what those individual efforts mean for big change. We’re hoping to hear from you: how have you changed your habits?

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8:29am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Capitol Protestors Demand Air-Pollution Action

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:31 pm

Carl Ingwell (left) and Brian Moench (right) were the leading organizers of Saturday's rally on the Utah Capitol's south steps. Rep. Angela Romero (middle) was one of the half-dozen lawmakers who attended.

    

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8:29am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Stericycle In Talks with County and State Officials to Move Incinerator to Tooele County

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 2:37 pm

Stericycle Medical Waste Incinerator in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

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8:25am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Utah Foundation Releases Report on Air Quality

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:15 pm

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8:24am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Lawmakers Unveil Air Quality Bills

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:16 pm

Utah lawmakers say their new package of bills will help clear the air, especially on smoggy days like Wednesday.
Judy Fahys

A bipartisan caucus of Utah House members has unveiled a package of air-pollution bills. They say the proposals will Utah’s air easier to breathe. The measures include incentives for consumers to buy cleaner snow-blowers and weed whackers. There is one bill that would ban medical waste incinerators in the state. Another proposal would allow the state to authorize environmental regulations that are more rigorous than federal laws.

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8:24am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Are Utah's Rules for Emissions Inspections on Old Cars Fair?

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Wikimedia Commons

  Newer cars are a lot cleaner than older cars, but a member of the Utah Senate would like to make sure the rules for inspecting those older vehicles are being applied fairly.

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8:23am

Mon January 27, 2014
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U of U Students Develop Video Game App to Combat Air Pollution

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:24 pm

Image by Tim Brown/Creative Commons via flickr

University of Utah graduate students are developing a video game app to help Utahns better understand the connection between their actions and the dirty air. 

Kerry Kelly is Associate Director of the University of Utah’s program for Air Quality, Health and Society. She says her role is to make sure this game is backed up by scientific evidence. But here’s one of the ideas they’re considering:

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7:47pm

Wed January 8, 2014
January 9, 2014 | News

Models for Improving Utah Air

Brian Moench speaks at a 2009 rally on Utah's Capitol Hill.
Image by Tim Brown, Creative Commons via flickr, http://bit.ly/1cQ8gVZ

  Every winter when gunk gets trapped in Utah's valleys, residents ask what we can do about our air. In a recent Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, activist Brian Moench pointed to the unlikely environmental example of Mexico City. Once known as "Mexsicko City," radical measures like moving a refinery and imposing driving restrictions have cut the city's pollution in half. Thursday, Doug is joined by Moench and by researchers Kerry Kelly and Randy Martin for a look at cities that could offer solutions for Utah's bad air.

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5:44pm

Tue August 13, 2013
August 14, 2013 | News

Utah's Summer Air

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune

Wednesday we’re talking about Utah’s summer air quality. The conditions were right in July to create lots of lung-burning ground-level ozone, but for some reason, our air hasn’t been quite as dirty as in summers past. And the question is why? Could it be because people driving less? Does it have something to do with an unusually wet July? Salt Lake Tribune reporter Judy Fahys and Utah Department of Air Quality Toxicologist Steve Packham will join us to help us find some answers, and we’ll offer a tool for coping with bad air.

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11:35pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:37 pm

Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert demonstrated three simple things Utahns can do to help lower harmful emissions as he kicked off Clean Air Month at a house across the street from the State Capitol today.

Governor Herbert says Utahns aren’t always aware of the simple ways we can help clean up the air but gave these three tips while declaring May Clean Air Month. One could update older fuel storage containers, use paints with low amounts of volatile organic compounds, and replace gas powered yard equipment with cleaner alternatives.

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