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Emma Penrod

Environment reporter, Health, education, environment

801-257-8790, epenrod@sltrib.com


  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Salt Lake City skyline is visible through the hazy air in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 31, 2017. Oil company vows pollution relief for Utah; air advocates skeptical
    Utah air advocates and regulators are praising Chevron’s announcement that it will produce cleaner gasoline at its Salt Lake City oil refinery. Becaus...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 09:09 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo)   The Salt Lake Valley during a 2016 day when levels of health-threatening ozone levels were high. Lawyers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaled Tuesday the agency is reconsider a 2015 rule that reduced allowable ozone levels. Salt Lake City debuts on list of ozone-polluted areas
    Salt Lake City now ranks among the worst U.S. cities for ozone and particulate pollution, a new report says. The Salt Lake metro area, including Provo...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 12:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   A site just south of the Idaho border  near Washakie, Utah, along the Malad River Valley,  a Bear River tributary, is one possible reservoir location in the long-planned Bear River Development Project. Rocky Mountain Power says it may have a better plan for Bear River
    Utah’s largest electrical provider is floating a plan it says may eliminate need for the $1.5 billion Bear River water development project. A spokesm...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 10:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    O’Henry peach blossoms at the Utah State University demonstration garden in Kaysville which features plants intended to feed and attract bees, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.   Want to attract bees? Plant flowers, avoid pesticides, experts say
    Gardeners hoping to attract pollinators to their yards start envisioning rows of brightly colored blossoms this time of year. But for those really wa...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo)   The Salt Lake Valley during a 2016 day when levels of health-threatening ozone levels were high. Lawyers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaled Tuesday the agency is reconsider a 2015 rule that reduced allowable ozone levels. Utah failed to meet current ozone standard, but EPA may raise allowable levels
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signaled that it may reconsider its 2015 tightening of ozone standards — a rule that a half-dozen Utah co...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 12:09 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Volunteers fill bags with sand to block flooding expected to come with the snow melt. Sizable mountain snowpack has northern Utah braced for flooding
    Add this to the list of proverbs about the fickleness of Utah’s weather: If there’s not a drought, it’s flooding. That’s the situation, especially in ...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 11:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Clean air, public health and national park advocates march in support of the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) recently approved plan to reduce coal pollution in beloved national parks such as Arches, Canyonlands and Zion. The group marched to Rocky Mountain Power headquarters in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016,  to deliver a petition with over 43,000 signatures asking the utility not to sue to stop the EPAís plan. Rocky Mountain Power plan violates EPA ruling, critics say
    A day after it was filed with state regulators, Rocky Mountain Power’s latest 20-year strategic plan has come under fire by critics who say elements o...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • Rocky Mountain Power plans major wind turbine expansion
    Wyoming wind will be powering more Utah homes by 2021, Rocky Mountain Power announced Tuesday. The state’s largest provider of electricity said it pla...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Cedar City Fire Department The sole existing home in Enoch City’s Parkview subdivision was burned to the ground this week after it was deemed uninhabitable due to a ground fissure. Firefighters torch only house ever built in forsaken Utah subdivision
    Nearly a decade after it began, the saga of the Cedar Valley’s fissure-afflicted subdivision came to a fiery end this week. The Cedar City Fire Depart...
    Updated Apr 02 2017 10:14 am   |     |   Share

  • Herbert stokes fire over air quality by signing bill allowing use of wood to cook
    Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a controversial proposal to exempt burning wood to cook food from air quality regulations. While speaking of the...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 10:59 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah records panel orders release of water data
    The state Records Committee has ruled that an internal database used to calculate Utah’s annual water consumption — and to project its needs in the fu...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 09:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Colorado State University  These photos show a hazy day and a clear day in Bryce Canyon National Park. The photos, taken between 1984 and 1996, are maintained by Colorado State University for regional haze monitoring. Chaffetz, Lee take aim at haze ruling that would reduce pollution at two Utah coal power plants
    In the latest turn of the decade-long dispute over Utah’s Regional Haze Rule, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. Mike Lee introduced federal legislation to ...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 10:58 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Matt Pacenza, front, Executive Director of HEAL Utah and members of Breathe Utah, ’stand for clear air’ as part of a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, to push for more energy efficient and green building codes. Reviews mixed from environmental advocates on legislative action for clean air, water
    State regulators and environmental advocates praised Utah lawmakers’ late approval of spending $1.3 million for new air quality sensors, but their rev...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 10:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   Kerry Kelly, research associate at the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy at the University of Utah, at a town-hall discussion of Utah’s air quality challenges and possible solutions at the Salt Lake City Main Library Wednesday January 29, 2014 in Salt Lake City. Air board seeks Utah governor’s veto for first time in a decade
    In a rare move, the Utah Air Quality Board has joined with local advocates in calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would bar the state fro...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:20 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Solar panels are installed on the roof of a Farmington home. Based on the first quarter, Utah is on track to have more rooftop solar installed in 2016 than in all previous years combined. Adopters say that’s because, in the last few months, it has become possible to replace your entire power bill with solar panels — and with state and federal tax credits in place for at least the next year, it still is possible to get the government to refund you almost half the cost. State, industry groups warn of solar energy phone scams
    Utah’s booming market for residential solar panels has attracted the attention of many — including some who seek to take advantage of people. Solar-re...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • New emissions requirement targeting Utah County nears passage
    A bill to require emissions tests for diesel vehicles in northern Utah areas that don’t comply with federal air quality standards faces just one final...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 10:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • Police shoot, kill man who they say threatened to blow up Utah waste-incineration facility
    A Utah man who threatened to blow up a hazardous waste incineration facility in Tooele County on Sunday morning was shot and killed in a confrontation...
    Updated Feb 26 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Tour guide, Mr Hiyashi snaps a photo of Ken Shimanouchi, and his group, at the central Utah relocation center, near Delta in 2015. Japanese Americans in Utah remember internment, worry for Muslims
    If America is to learn the lessons of its past, its citizens must learn to come together to defend civil rights for all, speakers concluded during the...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Nearly 6- months ahead of schedule, top-to-bottom access within the Bingham Canyon Mine returns with the opening of Kennecott’s new 150 ft wide mine access ramp. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, mine operators granted access to see the progress that has been made with 14 million tons of material removed so far following the 150 million ton slide that shut down operations for 17 days. Utah, Kennecott rank high in EPA’s list on toxic materials
    Utah has emerged as one of the nation’s biggest releasers of toxic materials, jumping from 17th in 2005 all the way to fourth in the latest inventory ...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah committee shuts down bill that would’ve raised water rates to encourage conservation
    A proposal intended to boost water bills, and lower property taxes, for many Utahns stalled at its first committee hearing. SB151 would prohibit wate...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 12:55 pm   |     |   Share