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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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Spring 2020 Newsletter

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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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2018
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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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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May
2018
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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2018
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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2017
August
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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2017
May
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
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.

2017
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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.

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2016
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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).

September
2016
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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).

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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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September
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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.

September
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2016
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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.

2016
September
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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.

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September
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

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September
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2016
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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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.