Environment Archive

Public Lands Group Touts Public Policy Statement

(KCPW News) An interstate group dedicated to the transfer of public lands to state control wrapped up a three-day workshop in Salt

Governor: Stericycle Under Investigation in Utah

(KCPW News) After months of pressure from local environmental groups, Governor Gary Herbert announced three new investigations into possible infractions by medical

The Rundown: Groundwater Depletion a Threat to Western U.S.

Today on the program we revisit conversation about the depletion of groundwater from beneath the Colorado River Basin. That draw-down is happening

Feds Tell Herbert No Canyonlands Monument Planned

(KCPW News) Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he has assurance from the Secretary of the Interior that no new federal monument will

The Rundown: Mountain Accord Program Manager Laynee Jones on Planning

Today on the show we’re joined by Laynee Jones, Program Manager for a multi-party, collaborative effort to try to plan the future

Environmental Watchdog Says Diesel Used Illegally in Fracking

(KCPW News) A new report asserts that hundreds of oil and gas wells around the country have been pumping thousands of gallons

Clean Air Group Installs New Furnaces in Wood-Burning Homes

(KCPW News) It’s summer, so you’re probably not thinking about a roaring fire in your fireplace. But if Breathe Utah has its

Coal to Gas: Utah in Transition?

Producer Ross Chambless reports on Governor Herbert’s 2014 Energy Summit and his response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut carbon

BLM, USU Put Heads Together for Uintah Basin Ozone Problem

(KCPW News) Ozone is associated with summer air pollution in populated places. Today in northeastern Utah, even within the city limits of

Climatologist: Utah Will Face Climate Change Challenges

(KCPW News) A prominent climate scientist is in Utah this week to trumpet the cause of local, environmentally-conscientious institutions. Dr. Michael Mann,

Wildlife Service Drafts New Protection Plan for Utah Beardtongue Flowers

(KCPW News) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a deal in place meant to protect two species of desert flowers native

SLC Council Looks for Ways to Act on Air Quality Woes

(KCPW News) The Utah legislature saw a renewed focus on air quality bills this year, but results were mixed. While Governor Gary

State Gov’t Officials Advocate for Public Lands Transfer

(KCPW News) Last week, Utah legislators hosted a “Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands,” with representatives from many Western states.

Utah Symphony to Perform at Utah National Parks

(KCPW News) The Utah Symphony, in concert with the Utah Office of Tourism, will be offering a series of special outdoor performances

BLM: Escalante Oil Spill is Over 40 Years Old

(KCPW News) Last week, hikers alerted officials to a potential oil spill at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. After some speculation that

Utah Rep. Hopes to Amend Endangered Species Act

(KCPW News) U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart has introduced a bill that would tweak how animals and plants are protected under the Endangered

‘One Wasatch’ Could Link 7 Utah Ski Resorts

(KCPW News) Seven major ski resorts along the Wasatch Front have announced a conceptual agreement to build lifts connecting the resorts. The

Wood Burning Bill Moves to Senate

(KCPW News) A bill that would restrict wood burning in Utah passed the House on Thursday afternoon. HB 154, sponsored by Democratic

Desert Dust Events Could Trigger Early Wasatch Snowmelt

Dust events occur regularly each spring along the Wasatch Front, and they could be impacting how much water is ultimately available for

Air Quality Standards Revision Bill Moves to Senate

(KCPW News) A bill that would revise the way Utah’s Division of Air Quality sets regulations on pollution passed the Utah House

Invasive Mussels At Lake Powell Threaten Utah Waters

(KCPW News) An invasive species of mussels that is flourishing in Utah’s Lake Powell could cause extensive damage in the state, and

U.S. Rep. Stewart Visits Utah Legislature

(KCPW News) The U.S. Representative for Utah’s 2nd District spoke to both chambers of the Utah legislature on Tuesday.  Stewart gave an

Utah Eagerly Awaits Tier 3 Fuel, Automobile Relief

(KCPW News) At the beginning of the legislative session, air quality emerged as a major concern for Utahns and a top priority

Air Quality Bill Tabled in Senate Committee

(KCPW News) At the moment, Utah law stipulates that the state’s clean air standards cannot surpass federal standards in stringency. However, given the

Protestors Cite Health, Family for Attending Clean Air Rally

(KCPW News) Bicycles, signs, and families. A wealth of those three things could be found all throughout the multitudes. Bicycles, because many

Utah Representative Seeks to Clarify Definition of “Natural” Air

(KCPW News) In the run-up to Utah’s legislative session, many bills are in the works or already drafted. One such bill is

Clean Air Caucus Unveils Bills for Upcoming Legislative Session

(KCPW News) At a press conference on Wednesday, a bipartisan team of Utah legislators were looking to put air quality on the

White House Officials Visit Utah to Discuss Climate Change

(KCPW News) Late last year, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and

Air Quality Board Approves Plan Amid Criticism

(KCPW News) Last Wednesday, clean air advocates lined up to give Utah’s Division of Air Quality their two cents. At the DAQ’s

Local Groups Raise Awareness of Air Quality Issues

(KCPW News) Decked out in holiday apparel and wearing masks to protect their lungs from pollution, about a dozen protesters gather on