Coalition Challenges Taxpayer Bailout for Inland Port

March 3rd, 2021

 Members of the Stop the Polluting Port coalition are protesting SB 243 (Political Subdivisions Amendments), an 11th-hour “inland port fund” bill with a reported $75 million appropriation.  Late Friday afternoon
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Funding plan for the port despite objections that the public is being shut out

March 2nd, 2021

UPHE Executive Director, Jonny Vasic, said at yesterday’s committee meeting, “For a bill that will use millions of dollars of our money and you’re only allowing 15 minutes of public
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Chemical arms race is being launched in Salt Lake

March 1st, 2021

Mosquitoes and other insects can be overwhelming to people who visit Great Salt Lake, and this very much includes the area in which both the new prison and the Utah
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$75 million for a state bank to fund the port

March 1st, 2021

UPHE is adamantly opposed to SB 243 – a bill that would fund the Utah Inland Port. “It is beyond frustrating that the leaders of Utah’s legislature continue to create
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Air Pollution has a Higher Mortality Rate than Previously Estimated

February 16th, 2021

New research has improved on our ability to estimate pollution exposure, and that new research concludes that previous estimates on the mortality from air pollution are far too low. More
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Baby food sold contained high levels of heavy metals

February 16th, 2021

We have disheartening news to share about contaminated food. Four of the leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals. Even worse,
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The Dangers of Gas Stoves

February 16th, 2021

It’s time we passed a law prohibiting gas appliances in new construction. Not only do they pollute the community airshed, they cause significant indoor nitrogen oxide pollution for those homes
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Proposed Bill for “Water Authority” for Lake Powell Pipeline

February 8th, 2021

We commented just a couple of days ago that the Utah Legislature is perennially a well spring of bad ideas, and this year is turning out to be no exception.
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Stericycle pays $2.6M to resolve alleged clean air violations

February 1st, 2021

Ever since a series of incinerator bypasses poured toxic black smoke into the nearby neighborhoods, UPHE has been working to shut down Stericycle, the medical waste incinerator in North Salt
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80% of COVID-19 Patients May Have Lingering Symptoms

February 1st, 2021

More studies are emerging that are revealing increasingly disturbing information about the long term consequences of even mild cases of COVID. A new meta-analysis found that 80% of patients diagnosed
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Utah Money Shouldn’t Go to the Uinta Basin Railway

January 25th, 2021

Deeda Seed with the Center for Biological Diversity and John Weisheit also wrote an Op-Ed published in the Salt Lake Tribune this week, bluntly addressing the misuse of state fund
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Don’t Merge the DRN & DEQ

January 25th, 2021

Dr. Brian Moench, UPHE President and founder, wrote an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune addressing the absurd proposal to merge the Utah’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and
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Conservation Groups Challenge EPA’s Reversal on Utah Regional Haze Plan

January 19th, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 19, 2021 CONTACTSJenny Harbine | Earthjustice | (406) 223-7781 | jharbine@earthjustice.orgLiam Kelly | National Parks Conservation Association | 213 814-8666 | lkelly@npca.orgJonny Vasic | Utah Physicians for
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8 Facts Regarding COVID-19

January 19th, 2021

In an era where misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories are allowed to proliferate endlessly on social media, it is all the more important for people to stick with reliable sources
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Comment to Oppose Uinta Basin Railway Boondoggle

January 14th, 2021

The proposed Uinta Basin Railway (UBR) is a multi billion dollar boondoggle that will harm our air, wildlands, and communities. A draft Environmental Impact Statement has been released for public
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Western US in Megadrought

January 11th, 2021

The consequences of our dirty energy addiction are currently on full display. This year the West is clearly in a persistent, severe drought related to the climate crisis. As it
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Smoke from Burning Bridge Affects Resident’s Health

January 11th, 2021

Wooden beams in a railway bridge on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley owned by Patriot Rail Company, somehow caught fire and had been burned for several days.
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Take Action to Address Climate Change

January 6th, 2021

UPHE is part of a national organization of physicians, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, that now represents 60% of physicians in the country. We are calling for
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COVID “Long Hauler” Patients

January 6th, 2021

We are learning more about COVID “long hauler” patients, and it all points to even more reason to be vigilant in avoiding the activities proven to spread the disease. It
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Ozone and Air Purifiers

January 6th, 2021

To those of you that may have recently purchased an air purifier, or perhaps received one for Christmas, we pass on this bit of advice. If the air purifier has
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Air Pollution Can Cause Almost All Cancers

December 23rd, 2020

Several years ago the World Health Organization declared air pollution the most important environmental cause of cancer. Just about every type of cancer can be caused by air pollution, but
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Air Pollution Lowers Test Scores

December 23rd, 2020

University of Utah  researchers find that air pollution, specifically winter inversion, is linked to lower math and English test scores. Read more here. “The huge takeaway is that this isn’t
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Noise Pollution, A Public Health Crisis

December 23rd, 2020

New research shows that loud sound can have a significant negative impact on human health and ecosystems. Here is coverage from the New Yorker: Modern sound-related health threats extend far
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Age & Air Pollution

December 17th, 2020

Written by Kirtly Jones, MD Older women exposed to higher levels of air pollution can experience a 24-percent increase in Alzheimer’s risk Last month, the prestigious journal, Neurology, published research
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Air Pollution a Major Driver of Ill-Health Worldwide

December 16th, 2020

Written by Kirtly Jones, MD, UPHE Board Member “Air pollution is now the world’s fourth-leading risk factor for early death according to the State of Global Air Report 2020”   UPHE
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The Inland Port Will Bring Smog

December 14th, 2020

Last week there was another excellent Op Ed published in the Salt Lake Tribune on the dangers of the Utah Inland Port. This one was written by Tom Walker, a
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3,100 US COVID Deaths in a Day – 300,000 Total

December 14th, 2020

The United States has now surpassed 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus – a threshold that was broken today. The explosion of the COVID pandemic is accelerating. Last Thursday alone there
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What to Avoid During Inversion Season

December 14th, 2020

Residents have been warned to avoid outdoor exercise, refrain from wood burning, and reduce driving with the inversion season settling in. Here is coverage from an article about last weeks
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Press Release: EPA Standard is Not Enough

December 10th, 2020

For Immediate Release Tuesday, November 10, 2020Doctors say meeting EPA standard is not enough, does not mean we have clean air, or that our health is being adequately protectedEPA says SLC and Provo
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US Air Monitors Routinely Miss Pollution – Even Refinery Explosions

December 7th, 2020

Reuters released an investigative report disclosing how inadequate and misleading the EPA’s monitoring network has been. The government network identified no risks from 10 of the biggest refinery explosions over
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Administration Rejects Tougher Soot Standards

December 7th, 2020

The pollution you see today is still considered “acceptable” according to the Trump EPA. Just this weekend they announced that they would defy all the medical research and the requests
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Air Pollution is More Deadly than COVID

December 7th, 2020

Our Board President, Dr. Moench, had a recent Op Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune about how support for the inland port is denial of reality on multiple fronts–denial about
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Air Quality regulation saved 1.5 billion birds

December 3rd, 2020

UPHE works to clean our air to protect human health. But along the way, if there are benefits to wildlife that makes it even more worthwhile. A new study has
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Dr. Moench calls on Port Board Members to Resign

December 3rd, 2020

Thanks to everyone that attended the zoom inland port board meeting yesterday and voiced their opposition. Over 30 concerned residents voiced their concern for this boondoggle. It is our conviction
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Warnings Against Holiday Travel

November 23rd, 2020

Despite the CDC’s guidelines against holiday travel, one million people still passed through US airports just on Friday. Look at the chart below on what happened in Canada after that
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Air Pollution Reduces Life Expectancy

November 19th, 2020

It’s far worse than even we have estimated. (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Law makers had loved to call us alarmists when voicing health concerns in regards to the
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Please Don’t Gather for Thanksgiving

November 17th, 2020

We continue to set new records in Utah for cases, over 4,000, and hospitalizations, 512 as of Tuesday, November 17. Our hospitals are overwhelmed. www.sltrib.com/news/2020/11/17/utah-coronavirus-cases-up/ Here is the most chilling of
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Uinta Basin Railway EIS

November 16th, 2020

The Draft Environmental impact statement for the Uinta Basin Railway is open for public comment and virtual public meetings. Click here to view the Draft EIS. This Oil Train is
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EPA Air Quality Standards are Not Adequate

November 10th, 2020

Meeting EPA standard is not enough and does not mean we have clean air, or that our health is being adequately protected. The EPA says Salt Lake City and Provo have
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Utah’s air pollution problem has not been solved

November 10th, 2020

Written by Dr. Brian MoenchNovember 9, 2020Also available as an Op Ed in the Deseret News Overshadowed by recent election drama are Utah problems that preceded the election and will
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Pollution Makes the Pandemic Worse

November 9th, 2020

As we head into the winter inversion season, we point to yet another study that shows how pollution makes the pandemic worse. A new study estimates that air pollution is
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Doctors Implore Utahns to follow COVID Restrictions

November 9th, 2020

We at UPHE full heartedly agree with the urgency of this request from Utah healthcare workers, published in the Salt Lake Tribune. Community members need to do their part to
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A request for help from Intermountain Healthcare

November 9th, 2020

We pass on without editing, a request for help from IHC nurses, doctors, and caregivers. COVID-19 threatens the health of our community. Supporting everyone’s health takes everyone’s effort. Healthcare is
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Provo Residents Oppose Expansion of Oil Storage

November 2nd, 2020

In Provo there is concern over the expansion of Christensen Oil, a bulk petroleum distributing company. People do not want oil storage to encroach further into neighborhoods and feel uncomfortable
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EPA & State Regulators Slash Plan to Limit Coal Pollution

November 2nd, 2020

Latest business-as-usual plan by EPA and Utah officials fails to limit haze-causing emissions  Four years after EPA approved a common-sense plan that promised to dramatically cut pollution from Utah’s dirtiest
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 29th, 2020

My grandson was born in New York City 6 months before the Coronavirus pandemic frightened his parents away. They have been living with us off and on ever since while
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Utah and the Nation is in Crisis

October 26th, 2020

The Salt Lake Tribune covered the crisis we face as COVID cases keep climbing, pushing our health care workers and space to house critical cases to capacity. Almost 16% of
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Herd Immunity is a Dangerous Notion

October 19th, 2020

Multiple health organizations issued a joint statement against the Great Barrington Declaration, which is a herd immunity strategy petition advocated by some outlier physicians and apparently the President’s senior advisors.
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U of U Hospital ICU is over capacity

October 19th, 2020

The entire country, including Utah, is clearly in the grip of another pandemic spike. COVID hospitalizations are at a record level, and the University of Utah Hospital is now over
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Air purifiers help reduce the risk of virus transmission

October 19th, 2020

The pandemic experts agree with what we at UPHE have been saying: Air purifiers help reduce the risk of virus transmission, including COVID-19. We have been asked by many people
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Study finds correlation between air pollution & school absences

October 12th, 2020

New research from the University of Utah has established a direct correlation between air pollution and school absences. And while that might seem intuitive, they found that was true, even
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Cleaning Your Home (the Safe Way) During COVID-19

October 12th, 2020

It’s important to keep your home clean, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cleaning can also help relieve feelings of anxiety. But specific disinfecting products, when used together, can do more
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Air Pollution’s Effects on Pregnancy

October 12th, 2020

The little bits of dirt that you breathe into your body could affect your baby. Even though your lungs filters out dirt, and the placenta filter out all the other
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No lower “safe” level of particulate air pollution by Dr. Kirtly Jones

October 8th, 2020

You all who follow the postings and interviews and letters to the editor by Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment know that there is no lower “safe” level of particulate
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Dust on Our Fruit and in Our Lungs – The Dangers of Gravel Pits

October 5th, 2020

An excellent article in the Salt Lake Tribune on how the proliferation of gravel pits on the Wasatch Front is wiping out fruit orchards. The article is not about the
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Climate has Already Changed, and it’s Ugly

September 21st, 2020

Malin Moench, the brother of UPHE’s Board President – Dr. Brian Moench, and our economic and statistical consultant wrote an Op Ed on the climate crisis that was published in
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Environmental Justice Gaining in SLC

September 21st, 2020

Environmental justice is finally gaining traction in Salt Lake City. Daniel Mendoza, a former member of UPHE’s board, has an important article in the Catalyst on the issue of Environmental
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Radioactive Waste Headed to Utah

September 21st, 2020

Radioactive material from Japan is heading to San Juan County and UPHE is vehemently opposed to it. The proposal to ship 136 tons of radioactive material from two atomic research
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Another 2020 Crisis We Can’t Overlook

September 21st, 2020

E. Thomas Nelson: One more crisis in 2020 we don’t want to overlook By E. Thomas Nelson | Special to The Tribune · Published: 09/18/2020 Now three-quarters of the way complete, 2020
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SLC – Ranked Among the Worst Globally for Air Quality

September 14th, 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah was ranked as one of the worst cities for air quality in the world last week at 5th most polluted. Unfortunately, we at UPHE aren’t surprised
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Air Pollution Defeat Parts a National Problem

September 9th, 2020

The Guardian reported on the national problem of defeat parts and wrote about UPHE’s lawsuits against the Diesel Brothers and Tap Worldwide (another pollution defeat device marketer and subsidiary of
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Pollution from Wildfires – a Piece of the Climate Crisis

September 9th, 2020

ABC 4 TV contacted UPHE this morning and asked us to write a message on the pollution we are experiencing from the wildfires. “Because there is a higher concentration of
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“Fun-Sized” Nuclear Power Plant Amid Climate Crisis

September 8th, 2020

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) is a consortium of small municipal power companies from cities throughout the state. With the noble intention of finding sources of electricity from something
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Air Pollution & COVID

September 8th, 2020

We have pointed out this research before, but we are glad to see other physicians outside of UPHE are warning the public that air pollution increases the likelihood of catching
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Press Conference Addressing Rio Tinto & the Port

August 27th, 2020

Yesterday, Wednesday, September 26th at 10:00 am UPHE and the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition help a virtual press conference addressing Rio Tinto’s connection to the dirty Utah Inland Port.
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Welcome New Board Member!

August 25th, 2020

Please meet our newest board member, E Thomas Nelson, MD. We are excited to have him as part of the UPHE team! Here is an introduction he wrote for us
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Environmental Racism Endangers Utah Children

August 24th, 2020

UPHE has been working with Salt Lake County and the Utah Lead Coalition on the Lead Safe Housing Program to reduce lead poisoning of Utah children. Samantha Carlisle, our intern
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A Win for National Parks & Monuments

August 24th, 2020

UPHE is excited to see a win for our National Parks & Monuments! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has canceled the proposed sale of oil and gas leases near
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Logan Withdraws from Risky Nuclear Power Project

August 24th, 2020

Members of the Logan City Council voted Tuesday to end the city’s partnership in an increasingly expensive nuclear power project. As a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
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Car-Centric is Not the Answer by Ellen Birrell

August 17th, 2020

An excellent guest editorial has been published in the Salt Lake Tribune, written by our Fried Ellen Birrell at Save Not Pave. Birrell addresses the heat we are all feeling this
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Will Utah Bail Out Coal Port in CA?

August 17th, 2020

Last week, an attorney for the bankrupt proponents of an Oakland coal port told a judge they were counting on a $20 million infusion from the Utah Legislature to keep
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Air Purifiers in Schools

August 17th, 2020

Dr. Moench, was interviewed on the issue of what would be required in order to open schools safely. It gave us another opportunity to raise awareness of the need to
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Teachers Rally to Delay School Reopening

August 10th, 2020

Teachers rallied at the Utah State Capitol last Friday in want of stricter reopening plans for school – all while abiding by COVID-19 safely precautions of social distancing and mask
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Negative Effects from the Port on Students

August 10th, 2020

KUTV did an excellent segment covering how the Utah Inland Port would negatively affect school children who attend school near the port due to increases pollution and traffic. “Developers are
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On Track to See More Deaths

August 10th, 2020

A pandemic anywhere means a pandemic everywhere. COVID does not honor state borders or the politics of its victims. Now the virus is working its way through the country, and
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Stop Toxic Burn Pits

August 10th, 2020

Northrop Grumman/ATK Launch Systems has been openly burning toxic and potentially explosive waste on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for decades. This open burning pollutes our air
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Victory for Tooele Residents

August 10th, 2020

We were thrilled to see Tooele residents, who had consulted with us, have a resounding victory in court to keep a gravel pit out of their neighborhood. This battle was
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UPHE Opposes Hazardous Waste Storage

August 4th, 2020

A hazardous waste permit has been approved that would allow the continued open air burning of hazardous munitions wastes at the ATK Bacchus Facility – Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant (NIROP) in
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Schools Need to Take COVID Seriously

August 3rd, 2020

Doctor Brian Moench co-authored an Op Ed published in the Deseret News on July 31st, 2020. This time Dr. Moench writes about the need for schools that are reopening to
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Utah Not Doing Enough to Make Schools Safe

August 3rd, 2020

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment is calling for a delay in opening up Utah’s public schools until safety protocols can be put into place. Without safeguards in place, having
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Press Release: State Not Doing Enough to Make Schools Safe

July 29th, 2020

For Immediate Release Wednesday, July 29, 2020UPHE DOCTORS AGREE WITH TEACHERS: STATE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE Contacts:Dr. Brian Moench – Board President, UPHE 801-243-9089  drmoench@yahoo.comJonny Vasic – Executive Director,
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Doctors Agree With Teachers: State Not Doing Enough to Make Schools Safe

July 29th, 2020

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) support the Utah Education Association (UEA) in calling for a delay in opening up Utahs public schools.  While the research that enlightens us about
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Submit Comments on Burning of Hazardous Waste in West Valley

July 27th, 2020

A hazardous waste permit has been approved that would allow the continued open air burning of hazardous munitions wastes at the ATK Bacchus Facility – Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant
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New Research on Air Pollution & Exercise

July 27th, 2020

One of the most common questions we get asked by the public is, how bad does the air pollution have to get before you’re doing more harm than good to
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Politicians & Business Leaders Made Utah’s Pandemic Worse

July 27th, 2020

Propublica, an excellent investigative journalism non-profit, did a feature story on how in Utah “politicians and business interests pushed health officials aside to control reopening, then cases exploded.” “Back in
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Shut it Down, Start Over, Do it Right

July 27th, 2020

The pandemic is out of control in the US. A national petition is circulating among physicians and other healthcare professionals calling on state and federal governments to, “Shut it down,
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Schools in Session?

July 20th, 2020

Opening up schools in the fall with the pandemic unabated, is a heated topic of discussion throughout the country. The President is adamant in ignoring the experts and demanding that
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Latest on COVID – It isn’t Good

July 20th, 2020

Here’s the latest COVID news, and none of it is good. Hospitals are starting to run out of one of the few drugs known to help critically ill patients, remdesivir.
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Utahns Pay for a California Coal Port

July 6th, 2020

Our most powerful members of the legislature have created a shell game so they can funnel $53 million of our money to a bankrupt coal company to develop a coal
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Pollution Spikes from Fireworks

July 1st, 2020

The health hazard from fireworks is under appreciated by most people. Even though fireworks displays are relatively brief, the pollution is very intense, and can linger for several hours into
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Utahns need to be more proactive against lead poisoning

July 1st, 2020

UPHE’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Bert Merrill, cowrote an guest opinion piece in the Deseret News with Claudia Fruin, founder of the Utah Lead Coalition, about the dangers of lead
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Brian Moench: American exceptionalism now means something deadly

July 1st, 2020

Dr. Brian Moench has yet another compelling Op Ed published in the Salt Lake Tribune. This time it is about what has become of American exceptionalism with the anti-science phenomena
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Urging a Mask Mandate

June 30th, 2020

The state epidemiologist has asked Herbert to order a statewide mask mandate. We urge you all to continue calling the Governor’s office, insisting he do that. Many of you were
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Port Authority Rubber Stamps Flawed Strategic Business Plan

June 23rd, 2020

Thanks to everyone who virtually attended the port authority’s board meeting yesterday. Over 30 concerned residents spoke about the plan, all but one were opposed. We were not surprised that
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Growing Correlation Between Air Pollution & COVID

June 15th, 2020

The connection between air pollution and the pandemic continues to grow. Evidence is mounting that the COVID virus can be attached to particulate air pollution particles. This opens the possibility
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Court Overturns EPA Approval of Toxic Herbicide

June 15th, 2020

A few days ago, an appeals court stood up against the Trump EPA for its continued siding with chemical companies and defiance of its mandate to protect public health, and
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Inland Port’s Fairy Tale of a Plan

June 8th, 2020

Our Executive Director, Jonny Vasic has a great Op Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune about the inland port. Read below or click here. Jonny Vasic: Port Authority spends $850,000
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White Coats for Black Lives

June 8th, 2020

We don’t engage in politics for any reason other than to protect public health. Last Friday, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers throughout the country, including at Intermountain Healthcare and
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UPHE’s Comments to the EPA: Reject the White House’s Proposal

June 4th, 2020

Below are the comments UPHE submitted to the EPA recently on the White House’s proposal to disqualify much of the world’s research on the health consequences of air pollution. Representing
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Inland Port Board Meeting

June 1st, 2020

The Utah Inland Port Authority Board of Directors met last week, the first time since October 2019. Dozens of concerned residents spoke out in opposition of the polluting port, including
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