Worst dust in a decade

May 17th, 2022

What might seem a dystopian nightmare for some is becoming a regular reality for Utahns. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued a warning a few weeks ago cautioning against
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“An unacceptable risk” – Mosquito pesticide spraying in Utah

May 17th, 2022

We’ve been talking about the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District’s (SLCMAD) use of pesticides for years. Recently, we had an intern start looking into pesticide use across the entire
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New Port Board, same problems

May 13th, 2022

Last legislative session, the Utah legislature voted to remove Salt Lake City’s representation from the Board of the Utah Inland Port Authority. They had their first meeting with the new
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Where will the water come from?

May 11th, 2022

How will the Utah Inland Port affect Utah’s water crisis?  It will only make it worse. The Utah Legislature changed the makeup of the Utah Inland Port Authority Board during
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Air pollution and mental health

May 10th, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month – another reason to support clean air Click here for more information from the American Psychological Association.


Dust, fire, and your health

May 10th, 2022

The ongoing drought is increasing the risk of two extremely hazardous types of pollution- dust, and smoke.  Last weekend’s dust storm gave the Wasatch Front a small taste of what’s
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The Utah Department of Air Quality is looking for your help

May 10th, 2022

Dr. Moench was on KPCW’s “This Green Earth” recently speaking on the “disturbing saga” of the Utah DAQ’s recent request to the EPA to exempt Utah from national ozone standards. 
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Help protect yourself and your community on bad air days

May 3rd, 2022

Here are a few quick reminders of ways to keep emissions down and help promote clean air.  Don’t drive! Staying local on bad air days, and in general, helps cut
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It’s Utah’s job to clean up the air

May 3rd, 2022

An excellent in-house editorial from the Salt Lake Tribune last week explains why it’s Utah’s job to clean up the air, regardless of where pollution is coming from. Utah recently
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How coal plants are contributing to the drought

May 3rd, 2022

“Power production from coal and natural gas needs large amounts of water to create the steam that drives turbines, and even more water to cool a plant’s condensers. But burning
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Dust, where it’s coming from, and what it’s doing to our health

May 3rd, 2022

Dust is common in the Salt Lake Valley. What is not common, however, is the drastically increased levels from the ongoing drought- and the heavy metals, arsenic and other pollutants
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Wildfire season already? How to protect your health this summer

April 26th, 2022

It’s only April and wildfires have been burning for weeks in Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, California, Colorado, and Texas. The climate crisis is not looming in the distant future, it’s
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Inject Salt Lake City environmental priorities into the Utah Inland Port

April 26th, 2022

UPHE has been opposed to the Utah Inland Port since its conception, due to the inevitable pollution a port brings to its area. A recent op-ed by UPHE member, Katie
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Dr. Moench’s “State of the Air” on Fox13

April 26th, 2022

In their “State of the Air” report, the American Lung Association gave most of Utah failing grades for air pollutants. Once again Salt Lake City, Provo, and Orem ranked in
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Earth Day

April 19th, 2022


Salt Lake County’s move to block Parley’s mine now faces legal threats

April 19th, 2022

After unanimous and passionate public outrage, Salt Lake County Council passed an ordinance that blocked a mine proposed for Parley’s Canyon.  Proponents of the mine (Tree Farm LLC) are refusing
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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exposes our fossil fuel addiction

April 18th, 2022

Our board President, Dr. Brian Moench, has an editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune on the connection between Putin’s war on Ukraine, our ongoing fossil fuel addiction, and the moral
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EPA moves to protect Utah residents from elevated ozone

April 15th, 2022

Last year, Utah failed to meet the deadline to comply with the national air quality standard for ozone, prompting reconsideration of the attainment status by the EPA. The state legislature
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EPA Rejects Utah Request to Allow Higher Ozone

April 14th, 2022

(Salt Lake City, UT) -Last year two of Utah’s largest industrial polluters, the Utah Mining Association (UMA) and Utah Petroleum Association (UPA), arm twisted the Utah Division of Air Quality
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Three commentaries on the Utah Lake scheme

April 12th, 2022

The Salt Lake Tribune had three commentaries this week shredding developers’ claim that Utah Lake needs “restoration,” via a multi-billion dollar dredging operation, a network of over 30 artificial islands,
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When necessary, we litigate

April 12th, 2022

KUER covered our notice to file a lawsuit against four Harley-Davidson dealerships on the Wasatch Front for selling motorcycles that have had their pollution control devices stripped, and for selling
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Salt Lake County passes ordinance that blocks the proposed mine for Parley’s Canyon

April 6th, 2022

The Salt Lake County Council voted unanimously, including all the members of both political parties, for an ordinance that would prohibit mining in the canyons and foothills of their part
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Utah to receive over $1M from 2 companies involved in EPA air quality settlements

April 5th, 2022

The Uinta Basin, home of the proposed oil rail expansion, has been found to be the victim of irresponsible and reckless polluting by two oil and gas companies. A lawsuit
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What is the human cost of air pollution in Utah? More than you might think

April 5th, 2022

The American Lung Association just released a report about the human cost of air pollution, and the need for electrifying our vehicles instead of continued reliance on oil as the
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Harley Dealerships charged with motorcycle tampering that increases harmful air and noise pollution in Utah

March 30th, 2022

Utah Physicians for a Healthy EnvironmentAnnounce Intent to Sue Harley-Davidson Dealerships for Defeating Air and Noise Pollution Control Systems on Motorcycles (April 5, 2022 – Salt Lake City) – Today
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Utah Lake proposal would disrupt water rights

March 29th, 2022

The latest in a laundry list of reasons to oppose the scheme to dredge Utah Lake is its disruption of local water rights. A Salt Lake Tribune article reports that
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Study measures indoor air quality in two Salt Lake City high schools

March 29th, 2022

Study measures indoor air quality in two Salt Lake City high schools A 2018 study conducted by the Salt Lake County Health Department backs something UPHE has been advocating for
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Parley’s mine proponents drop large mine due to public opposition, but the threat of a “small” one still looms

March 29th, 2022

Here’s one thing you can do to help keep the Salt Lake Valley a great place to live. Largely due to overwhelming public opposition, Tree Farm LLC withdrew their application
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Finally – a bit of good news for SLC’s west side

March 22nd, 2022

We often talk about the threats to air quality and public health facing Salt Lake’s west side. As if it’s not bad enough to have pollution from the freeways and
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Dust from the shrinking Great Salt Lake is causing early snowmelt.

March 22nd, 2022

Any development or project that lowers the level of the Great Salt Lake has a consequence that is not usually acknowledged or discussed. Dust from the expanding lake bed blows
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Utah youth group could save us all

March 22nd, 2022

Our Children’s Trust, a group of attorneys and parents of teenagers, has filed lawsuits in several states on behalf of their state’s young citizens claiming that “the state’s fossil fuel
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Letter to the Surface Transportation Board on the Tooele Railway

March 21st, 2022

Re: STB Finance Dockets No. 36524 and 36525; and a Request to Withhold Approval Dear Director Navecky: Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) is a public health advocacy group
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Comments to The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining on Parley’s Canyon

March 21st, 2022

UPHE submitted the following comments to the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) regarding the porposed limestone mine in Parley’s Canyon: Dear Members of the Board of the Division
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We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change

March 15th, 2022

The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an important article about the consequences of natural gas stoves. The most important points addressed by the piece were: 1. The stoves leaked methane
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The far-reaching consequences of wood smoke pollution

March 15th, 2022

A free lance reporter asked UPHE to weigh in on wood smoke pollution for a piece that was picked up by High Country News. We shared with them the unvarnished
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Can Utah’s inland port magically clean our air?

March 15th, 2022

There was a great op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune last week by one of UPHE’s members. Malin Moench calls out blatant lies propagated by the Port Authority that the
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One good plan for SLC – ‘slow streets’

March 8th, 2022

With so many proposals that would be severely damaging to quality of life along the Wasatch Front, we wanted to highlight a lighter, brighter vision for our area. A vision
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Former SLC Mayor calls inland port a disaster

March 8th, 2022

We couldn’t agree more with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson when it comes to the inland port. He recently sat down with the Salt Lake Tribune to discuss
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Comment on the water grab proposed by Iron County

March 8th, 2022

Twelve years ago Nevada proposed a massive water pumping scheme that would have drained water from aquifers in Northern Nevada and shipped it to Las Vegas. Loss of that water
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Carving new mines in the canyons is intolerable

March 8th, 2022

UPHE founder and board president Dr. Brain Moench wrote an excellent op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune arguing against the idea that a new mine in Parley’s Canyon would be
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Shrinking Great Salt Lake is a major public health hazard

March 1st, 2022

Last year our very own Great Salt Lake gained national attention for being at a record low. The Great Salt Lake can be overlooked by locals as a stinky area
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Utah tackles one major polluter, but encourages others

March 1st, 2022

Union Pacific’s switching yard in South Salt Lake has been one of the worst sources of pollution in our area for years due to their use of the dirtiest possible
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SLC ok with trading representation on Inland Port Board for returned tax revenue

March 1st, 2022

The Utah Legislature is pushing through a bill (H.B. 443) that removes Salt Lake’s only representation on the Utah Inland Port Authority Board. While the bill does return 25% of
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Public input can help move better bills for Utah Lake

March 1st, 2022

In case you wonder if public involvement ever makes a difference in outcomes at the Utah Legislature… It does! In a legislature that has often demonstrated concern only for their
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Utah politicians face COVID the way they face air pollution – they don’t

March 1st, 2022

There was a great editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune that reminds us, “What doesn’t kill you mutates and tries again.”  We are seeing a premature relaxation of attitudes and
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Another reason to support clean air – send a message to your legislators

February 23rd, 2022


Sen. Escamilla’s bill could be crucial for health of inland port-adjacent communities

February 22nd, 2022

Those following the Inland Port have noticed that while the project is harmful to Utah as a whole, its effects are especially egregious to its neighbors – many of whom
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Why you should be listening to Outdoor Retailer companies, Editorial Board writes

February 22nd, 2022

There was a great in house editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune this week. Four years ago the Outdoor Retailers trade show was moved by its organizers and members, The
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Why is Colorado trying to block Utah’s proposed oil rail?

February 22nd, 2022

Colorado politicians may come to our rescue, where our own Legislature left us in the lurch. Utah’s political leaders have their heads firmly stuck in the sand, and have allowed
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Proposed Utah Lake Authority passes out of committee, but faces fierce public criticism

February 22nd, 2022

Given the suffocating influence that real estate developers have over the legislature, we are not surprised that the Utah Lake Fantasy Island bill, HB 232, passed out of house committee
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Comments to Salt Lake Planning Commission on ordinance change to block Parley’s mine

February 17th, 2022

UPHE submitted the following comments to the Salt Lake Planning Commission in support of an ordinance change that would block a proposed mine in Parley’s Canyon: There are multiple reasons
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Western megadrought is worst in 1,200 years, intensified by climate change, study finds

February 15th, 2022

Scientists calculated that 42% of the current drought is the result of global warming from human caused greenhouse gas emissions. The research warns that humans have the ability to make
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Company experts say dredging Utah Lake will be its salvation. Here’s why critics oppose the project

February 15th, 2022

Real estate developers should not be in charge of Utah’s future. The developers trying to pave Utah Lake are still at it, trying to dress up a real estate boondoggle
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A new rail line proposal for a satellite port

February 15th, 2022

UPHE is a major contributor to the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition (SPPC) and as the name implies we are dedicated to stopping the inland port. More heavy industry, more
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Winter inversions and pollution

February 15th, 2022

A lead story on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune last week emphasized the need to reduce pollution along the Wasatch Front, and its relation to the winter
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Lawsuit Targets Federal OK of Railway That Would Quadruple Oil Production in Utah’s Uinta Basin

February 15th, 2022

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today to challenge its approval of a new rail line designed to quadruple oil production in Utah’s Uinta Basin and send most of
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Free Fare February

February 8th, 2022

Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to the poor air quality we endure along the Wasatch Front. We urge you to take advantage of Free Fare February, and ride UTA
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Artificial islands as real estate? The murky finances behind the Utah Lake Restoration Project

February 8th, 2022

Being framed as a lake restoration project is apparently not the only sneaky aspect of the proposal for Utah Lake. A company comedically named “Lake Restoration Solutions” has proposed dredging
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Resident objection may help curb Parley’s Canyon mine

February 8th, 2022

Salt Lake County is paying attention to over 20,000 residents who signed the petition against a new mine in beloved Parley’s Canyon. We asked you to comment against the mine
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Sick of Utah’s icky air quality? These lawmakers have ideas to address it

February 8th, 2022

In Utah, we’ve seen harmful policy decisions be made time and time again at the cost of our health and quality of life. That’s why it’s so important to support
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Op-ed compares failed Dubai islands with Utah Lake proposal

February 1st, 2022

An op-ed in the Daily Herald by Utah author John Bennion compares a failed attempt to build islands in Dubai to the proposed artificial island project for Utah Lake. The
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Even low levels of soot can be deadly to older people, research finds

January 31st, 2022

A “first of its kind” air pollution study found that even low levels of soot can be deadly. We at UPHE often say there’s no safe level of air pollution. 
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Utah Inland Port takes steps to further reduce public voice

January 31st, 2022

The Utah Legislature is discussing removing Salt Lake City’s two seats from the 11-member Utah Inland Port Authority board. Currently, Salt Lake’s interests are represented on the UIPA board by
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Proposed Mine in Parley’s Canyon renamed I-80 South Quarry

January 31st, 2022

Remember the plan to rip a huge open pit aggregate mine in the heart of Parley’s Canyon? It’s still on the table. Ironically named “Tree Farm” has announced their intention
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Brian Moench: An entire fleet of asteroids is coming at us from all directions

January 31st, 2022

UPHE’s founder and board president, Dr. Brian Moench, wrote an excellent Op-Ed for the Tribune, relating the metaphor of the film “Don’t Look Up” to America and Utah’s current political
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Dr. Moench on Utah Public Radio: Wildfire smoke contributes to poor air quality in Utah

January 31st, 2022

UPHE board president and founder, Dr. Brian Moench, went on Utah Public Radio to discuss the dangers of wildfire smoke to human health. Wildfire smoke is a big contributor to
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Victory for Clean Air Federal Court Rules UPHE’s Lawsuit Against TAP Worldwide LLC (Owner of 4 Wheel Parts) Can Move Forward

January 27th, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT –Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment scored another victory for clean air in federal court yesterday, securing its right to sue TAP Worldwide LLC (parent company
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Will some brave legislators stand up against the Inland Port now?

January 25th, 2022

As the Utah legislature begins another session, citizens like James King express concern over their priorities and actions regarding the Utah Inland Port- the most pressing polluting project in Salt
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Not so mild? Hospitalizations exploding among Utah infants, children with COVID-19′s omicron strain

January 25th, 2022

The Utah House has followed the Senate in overruling Salt Lake County’s mask mandate. We’re disappointed that lawmakers seem to be so blinded by their ideology that they are willing
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Utah Lake project-cause for concern

January 25th, 2022

“A bill being circulated among Utah County officials would create a Utah Lake Authority — the functional equivalent to the Inland Port Authority in Salt Lake City — that would
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Comments on HB 58-Surgical Smoke Evacuation System Requirements

January 25th, 2022

UPHE board member, Dr. John MacFarlane, wrote the following letter in support of HB58. Dr. MacFarlane has been using a smoke evacuation system in his operating room to reduce the
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Ozone Exposure Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, YSPH Study Finds

January 20th, 2022

A new study by scientists at the Yale School of Public Health has found a connection between long term o-zone exposure, and increased risk of cognitive health issues in adults.
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UPHE at Utah 30×30 press conference

January 18th, 2022

UPHE is part of a coalition putting together a Utah 30×30 proposal; the goal of which is to protect 30% of land and water in Utah by the year 2030.
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Utah’s poor air quality shortens life expectancy by 2 years. A new bill could show the true cost

January 18th, 2022

Rep. Stephen Handy filed a bill to allow physicians to list air pollution as a cause, or contributing cause of death. He ran this idea by UPHE several months ago
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Bill would offer free fare on any Utah public transit system

January 18th, 2022

Rep. Joel Briscoe has introduced a bill to make mass transit free, in addition to his legislation that made fares free on bad air quality days, like the ones we’ve
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Comments to Utah Department of Environmental Quality on SLCMAD permit

January 13th, 2022

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) and other environmental groups have been concerned about the inappropriate use of pesticides by the state’s mosquito abatement districts, Salt Lake City Mosquito
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Local Utahn’s efforts to move away from polluting Big Ag

January 11th, 2022

An excellent article in the SL Tribune follows the story of a Utah alfalfa farm in its effort to move away from the industrial farming model- a model heavily tied
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Studies show health consequences of poor air quality

January 10th, 2022

Several studies published this week on the health consequences of air pollution add to our understanding of the need to improve air quality. Poor air quality and pollution is cited
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A disconnect when it comes to saving the Great Salt Lake

January 10th, 2022

Last week, House Speaker Brad Wilson hosted a summit to talk about the threats facing the Great Salt Lake. The quickly shrinking lake is gaining a lot of attention from
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Pesticide permit should be denied

January 10th, 2022

The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is seeking to renew a permit from the Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) to spray pesticides in the Northwest Quadrant, due
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Governor Cox’s ‘One Utah’ Plan

January 4th, 2022

Governor Cox recently released a “roadmap” for Utah’s future, “One Utah”, that doubles down on outdated and increasingly obsolete industries, rather than addressing some of the most pressing environmental and
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Dr. Moench’s Op Ed on Biden’s responsibility

January 4th, 2022

UPHE’s founder and board president, Dr. Brian Moench, wrote an excellent op-ed that was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune right before the holidays. He compares President Joe Biden’s current
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Appeals court affirms ‘Diesel Brothers’ engaged in ‘flagrant misconduct’ by removing emission controls

January 4th, 2022

In a significant victory for cleaner air and the rule of law, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld federal Chief Judge Robert Shelby’s 2019 decision that Utah Physicians for
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Diesel Brothers Fail to Overturn Clean Air Act Violations, Cited for “Flagrant Misconduct.”

January 3rd, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT – In a significant victory for cleaner air and the rule of law, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld federal Chief Judge Robert Shelby’s 2019 decision that Utah
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Objection To Ashley National Forest Grant Of Special Use Permit To The Uinta Basin Railway Project

January 3rd, 2022

UPHE is in objection with Ashley National Forest’s grant of a special use permit to allow construction of the Uinta Basin Railway. This decision allows 12 miles of the 88
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Tax increase for pesticide spraying

December 20th, 2021

Last week the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) held a board meeting and a vote on a plan to increase property taxes, in order to buy a helicopter
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Uinta Basin oil railway moving in the wrong direction

December 20th, 2021

Last week the Surface Transportation Board made an unfortunate decision to grant approval for the proposed Uinta Basin rail expansion. The plan comes from the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, as
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The Port Authority refuses public comment; We deserve to be heard.

December 16th, 2021

UPHE Board Member, E. Thomas Nelson M.D., wrote the below letter after sitting in on a Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) board meeting that did not display the transparency and
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Letter of opposition to proposed Parley’s Canyon mine to Government Officials

December 16th, 2021

UPHE acted quickly to oppose a large proposed mining operation in Parley’s Canyon. We site numerous concerns regarding effects to air quality, human health, quality of life, and environmental degradation
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12 Reasons to Give to UPHE

December 15th, 2021

For the past 14 years, UPHE has led the charge to clean up Utah’s air pollution. We have grown from eight  physicians in 2007 to 450 today, with another 4,000
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Ongoing lawsuit to defend Regional Haze Rule

December 14th, 2021

UPHE along with our partners sued the EPA at the end of the Trump administration, and now intend to continue that lawsuit against the Biden administration to ensure enforcement of
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Utah business fined $2 million after dumping chemicals into storm drain for years

December 14th, 2021

A livestock and agricultural fertilizer company, Cytozyme Laboratories, was fined $2 million for dumping toxic waste into Salt Lake City’s sewer system. KUTV2 News asked UPHE to weigh in. We
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Salt Lake County takes actions to block proposed Parley’s Canyon mine

December 14th, 2021

On December 10th, the Salt Lake County Council voted unanimously to begin the process of changing a county ordinance, which would block any attempt to dig new mines in the
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Biden’s EPA Backs Trump Rule to Let Utah’s Coal Plants Pollute National Parks

December 8th, 2021

Conservation Groups Pursue Lawsuit to Defend Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze Program SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has notified HEAL Utah, National Parks Conservation Association
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Limestone Mine’s damage in Parley’s Canyon would be irreversible

December 6th, 2021

The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial board weighed in on the new mine proposal in Parley’s Canyon this week. As soon as we heard about it, UPHE immediately jumped into the
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Utah Inland Port Authority reaches new low: votes on increased expenditures without public comment, shows propaganda video instead

December 6th, 2021

Salt Lake City – Yesterday the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) took action to increase its expenditures in Fiscal Year 2022 by $829,000 with little public explanation, and for the first
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Utah governor should admit the Uinta Basin Railway’s grave risks

November 29th, 2021

Deeda Seed, one of our partners in the Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition (UCIC), wrote an excellent Op Ed for the Salt Lake Tribune, expressing concerns and addressing misnomers about the
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No more mines in Parley’s Canyon

November 29th, 2021

UPHE is opposed to a proposal for a new limestone mine in Parley’s Canyon.  This is a significant extraction proposal that is sure to bring about more dust pollution, more
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Salt Lake City Needs a Natural Makeover

November 23rd, 2021

Destruction of natural landscapes will only encourage the growth of mosquito and tick populations. UPHE President, Dr. Brian Moench and President of Great Salt Lake Audubon, Heather Dove, wrote an
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The Great Salt Lake will Die Unless we Act Soon

November 15th, 2021

A recent op ed by Lynn de Freitas says we need to realize that our water credit line is overdrawn, and the lake is calling the loan due. “The lake
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