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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9:05am

Thu May 8, 2014
KUER News

Provocative Clean-Air Advocate Boosts Utah Debate

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:24 pm

Brian Moench speaks at a news conference in the State Capitol. The anesthesiologist's style is provocative and -- to some -- polarizing.

For years, Utah’s air pollution problem was virtually ignored by policy makers -- even when the air was foul for weeks at a time. But a growing activist movement has made the issue a top priority for a majority of Utahns, thanks in large part to Moench.

He stood on the State Capitol steps last January in front of thousands of people. Winter smog surrounded them.

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5:31pm

Wed May 7, 2014
May 7, 2015 | Local News

Brian Moench and the Politics of Air Pollution

Austen Diamond/13%Salt

Thursday, we continue our series on Utah’s bad air with this question: why has air quality become such a hot-button issue? There are now four dozen groups advocating for clean air, but the voice of Dr. Brian Moench tends to rise above all the others. He’s been credited with transforming what was once a tree-hugger issue into a serious political concern. He’s also been accused of exaggerating the facts. We’ll talk about the role Moench and others play in the air quality debate and examine the political obstacles they face.

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5:29pm

Wed May 7, 2014
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Utah Air Quality Board to Discuss Strategies for Controlling Wood Burning

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:50 pm

Erik Crossman - University of Utah

The Utah Air Quality board will discuss and develop strategies for controlling wood smoke during winter at their monthly meeting Wednesday. 

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2:34pm

Sat May 3, 2014
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State of the Air: Greater Salt Lake Gets ‘F’ but Shows Improvement

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:44 pm

Creative Commons photo by Tim Brown, Infinite World

The American Lung Association released its annual report this week on the State of the Air across the country. The results for Utah are mixed.

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2:31pm

Sat May 3, 2014
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Utah's Summer Smog Season Gets Underway

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:04 pm

Driving less is one way Utahns can help protect the air from smog buildups on summer afternoons. Utahns often overlook the danger ozone pollution poses on their health.

Utah’s smog season is underway. Some call it Utah’s overlooked pollution problem.

Michelle Hofmann, a pediatrician and founder of the health advocacy group Breathe Utah, is used to hearing people complain about sooty pollution in the winter. But she says it’s harder for patients to grasp the impacts of ground-level ozone pollution, since it’s odorless and colorless.

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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.

    

A sea of people swarmed Utah’s Capitol steps and south lawn Saturday. Thousands gathered for the Clean Air, No Excuses rally just above winter smog blanketing the valley. Brian Moench, a co-founder of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, told the demonstrators they have a right to clean air.

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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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