The dirty air is certainly settling into northern Utah's valleys this winter: Yucch! We've been working hard to urge elected officials and regulators to do more - sooner - to reduce the smog which builds up in our valleys. During this year's Legislative session, which runs from late Jan. to mid March, we'll be closely watching a series of air quality measures. For more detail, check out a list of those bills . If you want regular updates from the Legislature, written by HEAL's Matt Pacenza, click here  to get those sent to you.
In 2013, we had some significant clean air successes: Over the summer, we got everyone from more than 1,100 Uthans to Gov. Gary Herbert himself to back new tough federal standards  that will clean up our cars and gas.
In the fall, we pushed regulators to make their plan to cut fine particle pollution stronger . We were able to get more than 2,700 of you to sign an action alert  urging deeper industrial cuts before a key air quality board meeting .
We were confident after we challenged the absurd proposal to site nuclear reactors on the Green River  in court. Our regular updates from the late September trial  in Price, Utah, showed how shaky the proposal is, especially its woeful finances.
Unfortunately, however, a Utah judge didn't agree, and in November ruled that the company that wants to build the reactors can move forward . Sigh.
To learn a bit more about our case, check out a blog pos t HEAL's Matt Pacenza wrote for the popular Western environmental news magazine High Country News. It’s a good introduction to why this trial is so important.
To show the widespread opposition across Utah to the Green River project, we also have lawn signs! (see left.) If you're interested in one, contact us at 801-355-5055 or matt (at) healutah.org.
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More than 35,000 Utah families and businesses buy Blue Sky credits -- but even though we do, Rocky Mountain Power offers us electricity which is mostly made with dirty coal and natural gas. Worst of all, they recently announced they have NO plans to build new renewable facilities until AT LEAST 2024.
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For years, Utahns concerned about nuclear waste achieved some protections when Utah Governors stepped up and protected our health and the environment. However, in recent years, we've seen Gov. Gary Herbert repeatedly step in the wrong direction -- offering EnergySolutions a clear path to turning Utah into the nation's nuclear waste dumping ground.
Last year, the Herbert Administration let EnergySolutions start dumping blended waste in Utah . We're proud that thousands of you let regulators know what you think of their decision . More than 1,700 of you filled out a postcard (see left) and another 600+ commented online. Thanks so much! The state will respond to those comments, plus HEAL's detailed critique of their decision , sometime in 2013.
Herbert's next distressing decision was to nominate an EnergySolutions executive to the state's nuclear waste policy panel: the Radiation Control Board. It was an appalling choice . HEAL succeeded in delaying the nomination--and then killing it ! It was a tremendous victory: Now comes to hard work of making sure state regulators do their job. Sign up for our action alerts  to hear the latest -- and to find how you can fight to protect Utah.
In 2010, we released our renewable energy roadmap for Utah, the eUtah Project. Check out coverage of our ambitious plan in the New York Times , Huffington Post , and Business Week . Download the Blueprint and full study here .
Now, with eUtah as our foundation, we're putting together a plan to boost renewables in Utah. Currently, thanks to our governor beholden  to the dirty energy of the past : Just 2 to 3 percent of the power made in Utah comes from wind, solar and geothermal: a shameful figure that leaves Utah behind nearly all of our fellow Western states.
We've think we've hit on a plan for increasing that number  -- one that we can sell even in conservative Utah. Check out our page about Community Choice Aggregation . You'll be hearing a lot more about it soon from HEAL.
The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) works to engage citizens in efforts to protect public health from nuclear and toxic waste and promote clean energy policies for our state. With the help of our members, we are working to create a world in which people, not polluters, determine Utah’s environmental and energy policies.