Environment Archive

Salt Lake County Looks for Transportation Solutions in Mill Creek Canyon

Salt Lake County is asking for the public’s advice on transportation issues in Mill Creek Canyon at an open house today.

Report Ranks Salt Lake City Metro Area 7th Nationwide for Pollution

The Salt Lake City metropolitan area is the seventh worst in the country for short-term particle pollution, according to a new American

Matheson Presses Energy Dept. on Moab Tailings Cleanup Slowdown

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson is pressing the Department of Energy on a five-year contract it awarded last year for the removal of

SUWA Slams State’s Demand for Control of Rights of Way

Conservation groups say the state of Utah’s attempt to take over federal rights of way is a multimillion-dollar poke in the eye

Coalition Forms to Support Connecting Utah’s Ski Resorts

A controversial plan to connect Utah’s ski resorts is gaining support from local business leaders. A new coalition touts the economic and

New Leader Heads Up State Parks Division at Challenging Time

The new leader in charge of Utah’s 43 state parks and museums is taking on his role at a challenging time. After

CityViews 4/18/12: Eco-Spirituality/”Iridescence”

  Segment 1: Oil drilling, mining and development of natural resources often divide people along political lines. But what does religion have

CityViews 4/16/2012: “Five Rivers”/Bees in the Garden

Segment 1:   The American West is certainly defined by its deserts and wilderness areas, but its rivers make life in these rugged

CityViews 4/11/12: SkiLink/Paws on the Patio

Segment One: The Solitude-Canyons SkiLink plan has been praised by Utah’s GOP Congressional delegation and skewered by environmentalists.  And in this election,

Politics Up Close: Independent Congressional Candidate Joe Andrade, Brent Goodfellow Runs for County Council

Usually, political candidates who want to go to Washington pledge to put Utah first. But University of Utah engineering professor Joe Andrade,

SLC Residents Attend Pipeline Safety Conference

Salt Lake City residents got the chance to follow up on what has happened since the 2010 Chevron oil spill that sent

Last Day for Comment on Blended Nuclear Waste

The official public comment period will close Friday on a decision to allow EnergySolutions to store blended nuclear waste in Utah. As

EnergySolutions to Help With Fukushima Cleanup

EnergySolutions will have a hand in cleaning up radioactively contaminated seawater at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan that was used

Emissions Inventory Shows 10,000 Polluters

A newly released inventory of emissions across Utah pinpoints the biggest factors in the state’s wintertime pollution. Division of Air Quality Director

Senate Compromises on Anti-Idling Ordinance Ban

The Utah Senate has passed a bill that was initially intended to thwart Salt Lake City's anti-idling ordinance. But as KCPW's Whittney

CityViews 3/8/12: Bill McKibben/”The Third Crossing”

  Segment 1: Saving the Planet   Over 20 years ago, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben penned “The End of Nature,” the

Progress in Conflict Over Federal Lands?

This week, state lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a series of bills aimed at taking over public lands from the

CityViews 3/1/12: The Abbey Collection/FAX

  Segment 1: Edward Abbey Edward Abbey, the environmental crusader and godfather of monkeywrenchers, was not a Utahn by birth, but he

Lee Questions Salazar on Long-Running Utah Water Project

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar fielded several questions from Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee when presenting his budget request to the Senate

Politics Up Close: Western Energy Alliance & Revamping Department of Environmental Quality Boards

A new study in Eastern Utah’s energy-rich Uintah Basin is being called the most comprehensive air quality study ever done in Utah.

SLC Wants to Know Where Your Food Comes From

Salt Lake City leaders want to know where you get your food. As part of the city’s Community Food Assessment, it’s launching

Politics Up Close: Sean Reyes Runs for Attorney General, State of Oil & Gas Drilling in Utah

Republican Sean Reyes wants to be Utah’s next Attorney General. He counts among his accomplishments becoming one of the first minority attorneys

Legislation to Overturn Anti-Idling Ordinance Advances

A bill that bans Utah cities from enforcing anti-idling ordinances advanced in a House Committee Thursday. Last fall, Salt Lake City passed

Legislation to Overhaul DEQ Boards Headed to House Floor

A bill that makes adjustments to Utah’s environmental boards passed through committee yesterday, despite wide concern from opponents who fear the public

Air Quality Study in Uinta Basin Called Most Comprehensive Study Ever

The oil and gas-rich Uinta Basin in eastern Utahis the focus of a new air quality study, one that’s being called the

New Clean Air Initiative Relies on Voluntary Efforts, Not Regulation

A new, statewide initiative to improve air quality won’t include any new regulations, but purely voluntary efforts. As Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Victims of Nuclear Testing Radiation Remembered

It was 61 years ago today that nuclear testing began on the Nevada Test Site, as many residents of Salt Lake Cityand

Politics Up Close: John Swallow running for AG, SL Chamber 2012 Priorities

As Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General, Republican John Swallow has battled against the federal government on issues like health care reform and

Air Quality Task Force Bill Gains Momentum

Although Utah leaders frequently participate in efforts like the Clean Air Challenge, 2012 looks to be the year the Utah Legislature could

CityViews 1/25/12: Nuclear Power in Utah?

  The state of Utah has given a green light on water rights to Blue Castle Holdings, which wants to build a