EPA oil boom
Limited and unreliable data on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the oil drilling boom, the agency’s own internal watchdog says. The EPA, in response, has agreed to develop a strategy for improving its pollution estimates.
AT&T touts Utah
AT&T has invested nearly $170 million in its wireless network in Utah since 2010, including setting up new cell sites, adding capacity for simultaneous users, expanding its 4G LTE data network, and boosting wireless coverage in buildings and at venues such as convention halls and sports arenas, the company said.
rear door bike racks
Yakima is recalling about 7,000 bicycle racks used on vehicles with rear-door spare tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website said that mounting bolts can break and the bikes can fall from the vehicles and cause a hazard. The recall affects SpareTime two-bike racks made from Nov. 1, 2011 through Oct. 30, 2012.
Fed probe J&J
Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years, part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the health-care giant in the last 3 1/2 years. The probe also comes after a separate settlement over alleged kickbacks.
Free tax help
for Utah veterans
Active military and veterans can get free tax preparation at any Liberty Tax Service office now through Feb. 23. The “Military Appreciation Week” offer is open to first-time customers and will include a free roadside party at 1844 E. Fort Union Blvd. and contributions $20 to the nonprofit Afflicted War Heroes for each paid tax return.
launches Web tool
Mountain America Credit Union says their new free “My Money Manager” service will help members track their cash. The web-based financial tool aggregates a member’s financial information from various accounts, even those from other banks, to plot spending, classify transactions and track investments.
raises school cash
Young Subaru in Ogden and the Weber School Foundation joined forces to raise $12,345 for the Weber School District. The funds, partly to support innovative teaching programs, were raised from Young Subaru’s Share the Love Event in December, which included a coloring-contest and a pet adoption.