Utah State Air Quality Has Significantly Improved in 2014

A new report released Monday by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) shows that Utah has now healthier air, while water quality has significantly improved.

These results were due to the fact that air and water quality improvement were top priorities on the state’s environmental to-do list. Also, last year, the Utah Division of Air Quality proposed new standards for air quality that could lead to long-term impact to the state. Utah’s water quality was also improved by special policies regarding nutrients and hazardous waste spills in the state’s waters.

The Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) was also granted for the first time in the history of the state a $1 million award to be employed into Utah state air quality research.

Donna Spangler, PR specialist for the Utah DEQ, said the money would be used in research projects that tackle the environmental solutions the DAQ needed to figure out. Mrs. Spangler also said that in 2015 there would be more such projects as the division was striving to make sure Utah’s air was healthier.

The Utah Division of Air Quality also conducted a sustained campaign to convince the general public that their daily routine had a huge impact on the state’s air quality.

Every time we turn on our cars, we’re polluting. We could actually do things individually that would help make our air quality better,”

explained Mrs. Spangler.

The report also reveals that DAQ has provided impressive funds to small engine and diesel equipment upgrades through the Clean Air Retrofit and Off-Road Technology programs. DAQ also made aware the public about the negative impact on air quality of wood burning.

However, environmental organizations said that DAQ was sending out a mixed message since it worked on banning wood burning in the state, while approving Tesoro and Holly refineries to pollute Utah. Environmentalists said this was an obvious example of a double standard employed by Utah’s lawmakers and regulators.

Quality air experts say that Utah’s air could get even healthier with stricter laws on gas.

Statewide, air quality could still get a boost with stricter regulations on gas.

As you know, much of our air pollution … comes from automobiles. Tier 3 is low-sulfur gasoline that is anticipated to really improve our air quality. It could mean huge benefits, especially in the state of Utah,”

Mrs. Spangler said.

In 2017, the state plans to adopt new standards on cleaner gasoline called the “Tier 3 program”.

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    • Your comment is much better than the useless, ridiculous article. The Division of Air Quality would do us all a huge favor if they just closed the doors and never came back.

      • With the right law makers ineffective agencies should be scrapped or overhauled. We need effective government actions to reduce emissions. Hard to do when so many climate change deniers keep getting re-elected. I would hope that more concerned citizens start doing something about it.

        • I agree. We all have these same conversations year after year. If we want any progress, the majority of Republicans have to go.
          Some good news is that Germany had created an electric car that runs on salt water. The cars are being produced, are for sale, and are on the roads in Europe right now. When China catches on they will produce a few billion at a reduced price. I believe the same technology can be applied to other areas. The fossil fuel era is coing to an end-but not before it kills a lot of us, along with polluting the air, water and land.

          • Interesting! Please send me a link about the new German car. You can do it in a reply here of send email-direct to reduceghgs(at)exhaustinghabitability(dot)org

            And thanks for helping. As a friend of mine would always say… “Spread the word!”

          • Yes!! Spread the word! There are a number of good links. I’ve posted this news and the links on the Tribune recently. Here’s one. I’ll send more.

            I’m grateful that you have a care about our environment.

          • I read a little about the German car. It would be great if something like that could be mass produced at a viable cost but it doesn’t look too promising in the near future. Maybe it will develop. I’d love to see a BIG breakthrough that would fundamentally change transportation. Mindlessly dumping waste in the atmosphere needs to stop.

            Robert Redford on Democracy Now. He’s been great. I was glad Reid brought that vote to the floor. It forced the Senate deniers to stop hedging. Critical thinking members of the public have something definitive when considering their votes. Hope it helps.

            And thanks to you too for caring!

          • I wrote that as soon as China catches on to this-they will be producing a few billion, and at a lower price. It’s revolutionary..it will take time to change out fossil fuels, but that era is coming to an end. I may not live to see it, but I’m happy to know humanity and the Earth will have a better future.