Bingham Research News
Uintah Basin Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Study Mercury and its Impact on Ecosystems and Health
USU Uintah Basin researchers are working on an NSF-funded project that will measure air quality at Storm Peak at the top of the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado through March 2023, with a particular focus on mercury.
USU Scientist Named UCAIR Person of the Year for His Work to Combat Air Pollution in Uintah Basin
Utah State University’s air quality expert Seth Lyman was awarded the Clean Air Person of the Year by the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) for his continued work into developing solutions to fight Utah’s air pollution problems in the Uintah Basin.
Makenzie Holmes Presents Her Research on Capitol Hill
Six undergraduate researchers from USU’s College of Science are among about 30 Aggies selected to present research posters to state legislators and visitors to Utah’s Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, February 18, from 8 a.m.-1 pm. The scholars s...
Winter Ozone and Air Quality
Director of the USU Bingham Research Center and Research Associate Professor in Chemistry, Dr. Seth Lyman visits with us about winter ozone in the Basin, what it is, why it's harmful and what we can do to help.
USU Uintah Basin Partners with Local Industry to Solve Air Quality Issues
Utah State University’s (USU) Bingham Research Center has teamed up with local oil and gas industry partners to address emissions of pollution that can lead to high wintertime ozone. Their voluntary efforts have earned recognition for both industry and US...
Vernal Chamber recognizes key contributors to community
The USU Bingham Research Center - Air Quality Program was the recipient of the Vernal Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Environmental Health & Safety Award.
Governor’s energy advisor contradicted by air quality expert
Governor Gary Herbert’s energy advisor says the oil and gas industry is not a major contributor to air quality problems in the Uinta Basin.
Ozone reduction award given by Tri-County Health
The TriCounty Health Department announced the winners of the first Uintah Basin TriCounty Health Leadership in Ozone Reductions Awareness (LORA) Award on Thursday, with high praise going to Anadarko and Middlefork Energy.
Oil and gas industry team up with clean air advocates on emissions in Uinta Basin
In an era of lawsuits and accusations, protests, rallies, marches and angry posters, there are those rare, odd times when groups on opposite sides of an issue can lay down their swords and work together.
USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Research Grant to Study Local Air Quality
Makenzie Breitenbach, an undergraduate student at Utah State University (USU) Uintah Basin, was awarded the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grant to perform research on local emissions and air quality. She is working with the team a...
In the Rural West: More Oil, More Gas, More Ozone
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 by stunning mountains and nestled against the confluence...
USU Bingham Research Center Team Make Major Difference in Ozone Designation
While the fact that areas of the Uintah Basin are in non-attainment for ozone pollution is not great news, the efforts of local scientists made a major difference in the designation assigned by the EPA. On May 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency anno...
EPA Announces Areas Of Uintah Basin In Nonattainment For Ozone Pollution
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 Research Center Seth Lyman explains that "the designation m...
After Oil Well Venting, Strong Odor Causes Alarm among Nearby Residents
Cassie Paup was alarmed when she discovered a strong sulfur smell outside her house on Flat Iron Mesa on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Basin Air Quality--Breathe Easy
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 Uintah Basin really look like?
Former EPA Leader Defends Actions on Utah Haze, Ozone
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 the agency's former leaders.
Researcher Says Uinta Basin's High Ozone Likely to Result in EPA Action
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
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality released their annual environmental report this week, summarizing their work in 2016.
Utah Air Quality Conference to Be Held on March 30th
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 Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Qua...
EPA Strengthens the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone
On October 1, 2015, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb).
Peer-Reviewed Article: Inversion Structure and Winter Ozone Distribution in the Uintah Basin, Utah, USA (Seth Lyman and Trang Tran, 2015)
Report on the inversion structure and winter ozone distribution in the Uintah Basin.
Officials Say Utah Can Attain EPA's New Lower Ozone Standard
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.
NASA: Background Ozone a Major Issue in U.S. West
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 room for local ozone production under proposed stricter ...
Court Backs State, EPA on Uintah Basin's Pollution Designation
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, including its 2012 designation of Utah's Uintah Basin...
Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study
PDF of the Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study
National Parks Fail EPA Ozone Mandates
Of the 26 parks that are not in compliance, the biggest violator is Dinosaur National Monument, home to 1,500 dinosaur fossils and a popular white-water rafting destination on the Colorado-Utah border.
EPA's Lower Ozone Standard Will Disproportionately Impact the Intermountain West
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 ppb. At 70 ppb, approximately 32 of 63 counties in the...