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Martin Water is building an oil and gas waste recycling facility next to the Circle 6 Baptist Camp in the Permian Basin despite concerns of water and air pollution.
Railroad Commission Approves Toxic Waste Ponds Next to Baptist Camp

Railroad Commission Approves Toxic Waste Ponds Next to Baptist Camp

Martin Water is building an oil and gas waste recycling facility next to the Circle 6 Baptist Camp in the Permian Basin despite concerns of water and air pollution.

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Bingham Research Center works to improve Utah’s climate.
Bingham Research Center works to improve Utah’s climate

Bingham Research Center works to improve Utah’s climate

Bingham Research Center works to improve Utah’s climate.

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Utah's Oil Boom: Production in Utah's oil-rich Uinta Basin is at an all-time high. Texas oilman Jim Finley is credited with opening the floodgates.
Production in Utah's oil-rich Uinta Basin is at an all-time high

Production in Utah's oil-rich Uinta Basin is at an all-time high

Utah's Oil Boom: Production in Utah's oil-rich Uinta Basin is at an all-time high. Texas oilman Jim Finley is credited with opening the floodgates.

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This article is the second in a two-part series focusing on Utah’s Uinta Basin. Part 1looked at the Uinta Basin as an oil-and-gas-based economy that’s navigating cultural and regulatory complexities.1 As discussed there, one of its challenges is to reduce
The Uinta Basin: Part 2 — Ozone and Collaboration

The Uinta Basin: Part 2 — Ozone and Collaboration

This article is the second in a two-part series focusing on Utah’s Uinta Basin. Part 1looked at the Uinta Basin as an oil-and-gas-based economy that’s navigating cultural and regulatory complexities.1 As discussed there, one of its challenges is to reduce...

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In eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin, air quality is a complicated issue. Oil and natural gas are key parts of Utah’s economy, but they also create heavy concentrations of wintertime ozone. On Thursday, Nov. 9, Seth Lyman explored this relationship during a USU
Research Landscapes

Research Landscapes

In eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin, air quality is a complicated issue. Oil and natural gas are key parts of Utah’s economy, but they also create heavy concentrations of wintertime ozone. On Thursday, Nov. 9, Seth Lyman explored this relationship during a USU...

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John Lawson has joined Utah State University Uintah Basin and the Bingham Research Center as a senior air quality scientist. Lawson joined the center on Sept. 15.
John Lawson joins the Bingham Research Center

John Lawson joins the Bingham Research Center

John Lawson has joined Utah State University Uintah Basin and the Bingham Research Center as a senior air quality scientist. Lawson joined the center on Sept. 15.

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The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division (DEQ-AQD) was recently presented the Best Practice Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). Wyoming DEQ-AQD received the national recognition for developing
Wyoming Air Quality Division Receives National Award

Wyoming Air Quality Division Receives National Award

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division (DEQ-AQD) was recently presented the Best Practice Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). Wyoming DEQ-AQD received the national recognition for developing...

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Last summer, as part of a summer research program at my high school, I spent weeks driving a pickup truck around northeast Utah’s Uintah Basin, where oil derricks and gas wells stretch as far as the eye can see, and the air pollution is even worse than ba
Gen Z’s Road to Clean Energy Runs Through Flyover Country

Gen Z’s Road to Clean Energy Runs Through Flyover Country

Last summer, as part of a summer research program at my high school, I spent weeks driving a pickup truck around northeast Utah’s Uintah Basin, where oil derricks and gas wells stretch as far as the eye can see, and the air pollution is even worse than ba...

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The Bingham Research Center at Utah State University Uintah Basin hosted an open house on Aug. 28 to celebrate its accomplishments and to thank donors for their contributions. The open house hosted several guests, including a state senator, representat
Bingham Research Center Hosts Celebratory Open House

Bingham Research Center Hosts Celebratory Open House

The Bingham Research Center at Utah State University Uintah Basin hosted an open house on Aug. 28 to celebrate its accomplishments and to thank donors for their contributions. The open house hosted several guests, including a state senator, representat

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This article is the first in a two-part series focusing on the oil and gas industry in Utah’s Uinta Basin. Look for Part 2 to be published in the December 2023 issue of EM.
The Uinta Basin, Petroleum Country: Part 1

The Uinta Basin, Petroleum Country: Part 1

This article is the first in a two-part series focusing on the oil and gas industry in Utah’s Uinta Basin. Look for Part 2 to be published in the December 2023 issue of EM.

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Opponents say the rail line goes against the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change and could cause an East Palestine-type disaster on the Colorado River.
A Proposed Utah Railway Could Quadruple Oil Production

A Proposed Utah Railway Could Quadruple Oil Production

Opponents say the rail line goes against the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change and could cause an East Palestine-type disaster on the Colorado River.

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Utah State University Uintah Basin researchers have been working together with researchers in Slovenia to better assess atmospheric oxidized mercury measurements. The researchers collaborated to compare data as well as methods, with each trying to learn f
Utah State University Collaborating with Slovenia to Measure Atmospheric Oxidized Mercury

Utah State University Collaborating with Slovenia to Measure Atmospheric Oxidized Mercury

Utah State University Uintah Basin researchers have been working together with researchers in Slovenia to better assess atmospheric oxidized mercury measurements. The researchers collaborated to compare data as well as methods, with each trying to learn f...

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Throughout the winter months, air quality is an issue on the minds of many who live in Utah, especially those who live in mountainous areas like the Uintah Basin. Because of cold winter temperatures and pollutant emissions from both businesses and residen
What is Ozone and What Can Be Done to Help Improve Levels This Winter?

What is Ozone and What Can Be Done to Help Improve Levels This Winter?

Throughout the winter months, air quality is an issue on the minds of many who live in Utah, especially those who live in mountainous areas like the Uintah Basin. Because of cold winter temperatures and pollutant emissions from both businesses and residen...

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Utah State University’s Bingham Research Center has received additional funding from the Utah Legislature as part of the 2023 state’s General Legislative Session. The bill will increase funding for the center’s Uintah Basin air quality research by $150,00
Bingham Research Center Receives Additional Funding

Bingham Research Center Receives Additional Funding

Utah State University’s Bingham Research Center has received additional funding from the Utah Legislature as part of the 2023 state’s General Legislative Session. The bill will increase funding for the center’s Uintah Basin air quality research by $150,00...

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Utah’s continuing and pressing problem of anomalous ozone formation in the Uinta Basin in the winter months also received funding and extension of one of the most far-reaching and ambitious studies of its kind to study the hazardous pollutant in eastern U
Great Salt Lake dust events, Utah ozone issues get monitoring money

Great Salt Lake dust events, Utah ozone issues get monitoring money

Utah’s continuing and pressing problem of anomalous ozone formation in the Uinta Basin in the winter months also received funding and extension of one of the most far-reaching and ambitious studies of its kind to study the hazardous pollutant in eastern U...

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It’s admittedly a complicated work commute. But for a lifelong snowboarder like Tyler Elgiar, who used to dream of working at a ski resort, the journey to the Storm Peak Laboratory above Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is about as good as it gets for a youn
Sampling Mercury at 10,000 Feet

Sampling Mercury at 10,000 Feet

It’s admittedly a complicated work commute. But for a lifelong snowboarder like Tyler Elgiar, who used to dream of working at a ski resort, the journey to the Storm Peak Laboratory above Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is about as good as it gets for a youn...

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The newsletter provides a preview to the upcoming annual report and a less formal look at our teams' goings-on.
Spring 2022 newsletter

Spring 2022 newsletter

The newsletter provides a preview to the upcoming annual report and a less formal look at our teams' goings-on.

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Makenzie Holmes had opportunities for internships, research and one-on-one mentorship with professors, including Bingham Center Director Seth Lyman. With a strong undergraduate résumé full of diverse activity and experience, Holmes was accepted to the Doc
Statewide Campuses Help Prepare Students for Postgraduate Success

Statewide Campuses Help Prepare Students for Postgraduate Success

Makenzie Holmes had opportunities for internships, research and one-on-one mentorship with professors, including Bingham Center Director Seth Lyman. With a strong undergraduate résumé full of diverse activity and experience, Holmes was accepted to the Doc...

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But a research team led by John Lin, a U. atmospheric scientist, is now using long-term monitoring data to determine how much methane escapes
Market Forces Halved Methane Emissions in the Uinta Basin

Market Forces Halved Methane Emissions in the Uinta Basin

But a research team led by John Lin, a U. atmospheric scientist, is now using long-term monitoring data to determine how much methane escapes

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Researchers at Utah State University Uintah Basin have designed a mercury analyzer and deployed it at the Storm Peak Laboratory in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The analyzer measures elemental and oxidized mercury in the air and it is the only instrument in th
Bingham Research Team Develops Most Accurate Mercury Analyzer

Bingham Research Team Develops Most Accurate Mercury Analyzer

Researchers at Utah State University Uintah Basin have designed a mercury analyzer and deployed it at the Storm Peak Laboratory in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The analyzer measures elemental and oxidized mercury in the air and it is the only instrument in th...

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In this issue, we give a brief report of ozone in the Uinta Basin during the past winter and discuss a few ongoing projects, including measurement of emissions from engines, recent modeling work, and thoughts on NOx versus VOC control of winter ozone. An
Spring 2021 Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter

In this issue, we give a brief report of ozone in the Uinta Basin during the past winter and discuss a few ongoing projects, including measurement of emissions from engines, recent modeling work, and thoughts on NOx versus VOC control of winter ozone. An...

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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.
Donations to Bingham Research Center Aim to Understand Ozone in Uintah Basin

Donations to Bingham Research Center Aim to Understand Ozone in Uintah Basin

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.

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In this issue, we share news about changes in winter ozone that have occurred over the past few years, provide updates about how we are improving photochemical models, and show a comparison of methane concentrations during winters 2019 and 2020.
Summer 2020 Newsletter

Summer 2020 Newsletter

In this issue, we share news about changes in winter ozone that have occurred over the past few years, provide updates about how we are improving photochemical models, and show a comparison of methane concentrations during winters 2019 and 2020.

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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.
Uintah Basin Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Study Mercury and its Impact on Ecosystems and Health | Bingham Research

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.

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Learn about the research being conducted by our team at The Bingham Research Center.
Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Learn about the research being conducted by our team at The Bingham Research Center.

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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.
USU Scientist Named UCAIR Person of the Year for His Work to Combat Air Pollution in Uintah Basin | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Makenzie Holmes Presents Her Research on Capitol Hill | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Winter Ozone and Air Quality | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
USU Uintah Basin Partners with Local Industry to Solve Air Quality Issues | Bingham Research

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.

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The USU Bingham Research Center - Air Quality Program was the recipient of the Vernal Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Environmental Health & Safety Award.
Vernal Chamber recognizes key contributors to community | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Governor’s energy advisor contradicted by air quality expert | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Ozone reduction award given by Tri-County Health | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Oil and gas industry team up with clean air advocates on emissions in Uinta Basin | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Research Grant to Study Local Air Quality | Bingham Research

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.

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August
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.
In the Rural West: More Oil, More Gas, More Ozone | Bingham Research

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.

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May
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.
USU Bingham Research Center Team Make Major Difference in Ozone Designation | Bingham Research

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.

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2018
May
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.
EPA Announces Areas Of Uintah Basin In Nonattainment For Ozone Pollution | Bingham Research

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.

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Cassie Paup was alarmed when she discovered a strong sulfur smell outside her house on Flat Iron Mesa on Sunday, Feb. 18.
After Oil Well Venting, Strong Odor Causes Alarm among Nearby Residents | Bingham Research

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.

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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?
Basin Air Quality--Breathe Easy

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?

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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.
Former EPA Leader Defends Actions on Utah Haze, Ozone | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Researcher Says Uinta Basin's High Ozone Likely to Result in EPA Action | Bingham Research

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.

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February
2017
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality released their annual environmental report this week, summarizing their work in 2016.
Bingham Center Partners with Utah DAQ to Understand Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry | Bingham Research

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.

2017
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Air Quality: Science for Solutions is a new annual conference on air quality, especially for Utah and the Intermountain West.
Utah Air Quality Conference to Be Held on March 30th | Bingham Research

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.

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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.
Officials Say Utah Can Attain EPA's New Lower Ozone Standard | Bingham Research

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.

2016
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September
Report on the inversion structure and winter ozone distribution in the Uintah Basin.
Peer-Reviewed Article: Inversion Structure and Winter Ozone Distribution in the Uintah Basin, Utah, USA (Seth Lyman and Trang Tran, 2015) | Bingham Research
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2016
September
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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.
Court Backs State, EPA on Uintah Basin's Pollution Designation | Bingham Research

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.

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2016
September
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On October 1, 2015, EPA finalized the new primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone at 70 parts per billion (ppb).
EPA's Lower Ozone Standard Will Disproportionately Impact the Intermountain West | Bingham Research

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).

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2016
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.
National Parks Fail EPA Ozone Mandates | Bingham Research

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.

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2016
September
Levels of "background ozone" -- ozone pollution present in a region but not originating from local, human-produced source.
NASA: Background Ozone a Major Issue in U.S. West | Bingham Research

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 source.

2016
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PDF of the Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study from the Bingham Research Center
Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study | Bingham Research

Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study

PDF of the Final Report: 2014-15 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study from the Bingham Research Center

2016
September
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On October 1, 2015, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb).
EPA Strengthens the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone | Bingham Research

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).