February 17, 2013. Study: Salt Lake City too polluted for babies. NBC Today Show.
Feb. 23, 2013 NYTimes. Utah’s air pollution makes national headlines
March 15, 2013. Deseret News. Utah Legislature did nothing to improve air quality
March 5, 2013. Op Ed Deseret News. Utah’s leaders on air pollution are contradicting themselves
March 3, 2013. Op Ed SL Tribune. Utah’s leaders are not only not solving our air pollution problems, they are making it worse.
Feb 13, 2013. KUTV: Governor’s Office Says He Leads the Way in Efforts to Clean Up Utah’s Air.
In a very short TV interview it is not possible to tell the whole story and the segments of the interview that survive the editing can lead to confusion. To clear up any confusion: the specific initiatives the Governor refers to is what the DAQ has come up with to improve our air quality. But the improvement in air quality has been mandated by the federal government through the Clean Air Act. In fact years ago, the antipathy towards environmental protection on Utah’s Capitol Hill lead to the legislature passing a law making it virtually impossible for the state to initiate any protection beyond what is mandated by the federal government.
It is rather audacious and disingenuous for the Governor to take credit for these initiatives that would never have come about had the state not been forced to. But even the DAQ admits these new rules are not enough, and they are still determined to let the big polluters emit even more. Amanda Smith is dead wrong in implying that Rio Tinto and the refineries have figured out magical ways to expand and pollute less. They may be polluting less per unit of product produced, but in total volume, they are certainly not polluting less.
Jan 28, 2013. NBCNews. Danger in the Air.
Feb. 2, 2013 Salt Lake Tribune. Op Ed Cherise Udell. What kind of example is Gov. Herbert setting?
Jan. 29, 2013. Salt Lake Tribune. Op Ed. Dr. Jennifer Kious
Jan 24, 2013. Ogden Standard Examiner. Utah Air Pollution an Emergency.
Jan 23, 2013. Salt Lake Tribune. Doctors Declare Air Pollution Emergency
Jan. 23, 2013. 100 Doctors declare Utah air pollution emergency
Jan. 18th, 2013 Op Ed, SL Tribune. Herbert’s energy plan as short sighted as the 19th century California gold rush.
Jan. 15th. Deseret News. What happened to the freeway messages warning of red alert air quality?
Jan. 11th, 2013 UPHE, HEAL, and Sierra Club organize a protest of Herbert’s energy summit
Jan. 9th Nuclear Power–Dangerous, costy, and water hog.
Jan. 9th, 2013. Op Ed SL Tribune. Herbert turning his back on renewables.
Jan. 8th, 2013. Op Ed in Des. News. The inversion pollution is killing some of us right now.
Dec. 20, 2012. America’s pathological infatuation with guns. Op Ed. Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/55496809-82/gun-guns-range-lead.html.csp
Dec. 19, 2012. UPHE fights a new gun range in South Jordan, Utah–lead pollution and a proving grounds for future violence.
Dec. 17, 2012. Utah DAQ scraps PM2.5 SIP. UPHE weighs in.
Dec. 7, 2012. Life expectancy continues to increase even with small decreases in particulate pollution. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fine-particle-pollution-20121204,0,7857285.story
Nov. 29, 2012. Op Ed by SL Tribune editorial board on changing the air quality alert system.
Nov. 29, 2012. Op Ed SL Tribune. Air pollution and the Brain
Nov. 27, 2012. UPHE protests the DAQ’s confusing new air quality alert system
Nov. 22, 2012 UPHE testifies against the approval of a gun range near South Jordan residual areas because of concerns over lead exposure.
Oct. 23, 2012 UPHE appeals the Tesoro Permit, Salt Lake Tribune
Oct. 11, 2012. Environmentalists and Doctors Fight Tesoro Expansion. Davis Clipper.
Oct. 6, 2012. Dr Arden Pope testifies to the Utah legislature that economic benefits of air pollution controls are ten times the cost of those controls. Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News/Multi-Part Series on Air Pollution in Utah, Aug 11, 2012
UPHE fights refinery pollution, March 23, 2012