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In the Rural West: More Oil, More Gas, More Ozone

Aug. 27, 2018

Jason Plautz

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado seemed like the perfect spot for Jerry Nelson and his wife to retire from Champaign, Illinois, where he had been an economics professor at the University of Illinois. Ringed b...

USU Bingham Research Center Team Make Major Difference in Ozone Designation

May. 10, 2018

Seth Lyman

While the fact that areas of the Uintah Basin are in nonattainment for ozone pollution is not great news, the efforts of local scientists made a major difference in the designation assigned by the EPA...

EPA Announces Areas Of Uintah Basin In Nonattainment For Ozone Pollution

May. 03, 2018

Seth Lyman

On May 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency announced areas of nonattainment for ozone pollution including parts of the Uintah Basin in Duchesne and Uintah County. Director of the USU Bingham Rese...

After oil well venting, strong odor causes alarm among nearby residents

Mar. 02, 2018

Seth Lyman

Cassie Paup was alarmed when she discovered a strong sulfur smell outside her house on Flat Iron Mesa on Sunday, Feb. 18. ​ "I arrived home from a trip on Sunday and, as I stepped out of the car, I...

U of U Manufacturing Extension Opens Satellite Office at USU Bingham Center

Oct. 05, 2017

The University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center is pleased to announce the opening of satellite offices and hubs in four key regions of Utah. The MEP Center provides services a...

Basin air quality--breathe easy

Aug. 15, 2017

In 2015, a Rolling Stone article claimed that poor air quality in the Uintah Basin, and Vernal in particular, was causing abnormally high numbers of fetal deaths. But what does air quality in the Uint...

Former EPA leader defends actions on Utah haze, ozone

May. 19, 2017

A plan to require new pollution controls at coal-fired power plants in Utah was among the Environmental Protection Agency's greatest accomplishments under the Obama administration, according to one of...

Researcher Says Uinta Basin's high ozone likely to result in EPA action

May. 18, 2017

Utah is home to one of only two places in the world where scientists see the unique formation of wintertime ozone, a pollutant that can negatively impact respiratory health....

Bingham Center partners with Utah DAQ to understand emissions from the oil and gas industry

Feb. 07, 2017

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality released their annual environmental report this week, summarizing their work in 2016. One positive development cited in the report took place in the Uinta...

Utah Air Quality conference to be held on March 30th

Feb. 07, 2017

Air Quality: Science for Solutions is a new annual conference on air quality, especially for Utah and the Intermountain West. It began with a pair of conferences by the same name hosted by the Utah D...

EPA Strengthens the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone

Sep. 14, 2016

On October 1, 2015, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb)....

EPA's Lower Ozone Standard Will Disproportionately Impact the Intermountain West

Sep. 14, 2016

On October 1, 2015, EPA finalized the new primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone at 70 parts per billion (ppb), which is more stringent than the current 2008 Ozone NAAQS of 75...

NASA: Background Ozone a Major Issue in U.S. West

Sep. 14, 2016

Levels of "background ozone" -- ozone pollution present in a region but not originating from local, human-produced sources -- are high enough in Northern California and Nevada that they leave little r...

Court backs state, EPA on Uintah Basin's pollution designation

Sep. 14, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency engaged in "reasoned decision-making" in its ozone pollution classifications for multiple areas across the country...

Officials say Utah can attain EPA's new lower ozone standard

Sep. 14, 2016

The newly released national ambient air standard for ozone should be within Utah's grasp, state regulators say, but environmental groups believe the standard falls short of protecting public health....

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