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Emma Penrod

Environment reporter, Health, education, environment

801-257-8790, epenrod@sltrib.com


  • 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

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   One possible reservoir site to provide water to the long-planned and highly criticized Bear River Project is the Malad River Valley, just south of the Idaho border that is a tributary to the Bear River. Guv’s water advisers take their work out of Utah public’s view
    Advisers to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert continue to shape a 50-year blueprint for state water policy and big-dollar dam and pipeline projects, but the publ...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 01:33 am   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Creative Energies lead electrician Justin Therrien installs solar panels on top of a home in Salt Lake City Wednesday December 7, 2016. A new report says jobs in Utah’s solar industry grew by 65 percent last year, as installations of residential solar arrays surged. Solar jobs in Utah growing twice as fast as rest of nation, report says
    An unprecedented solar boom has been good to Utah businesses — the state’s solar industry grew at more than twice the national rate in 2016, according...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sun starts to rise over Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City with an orange glow Wednesday Feb. 1 while in the valley temperatures are cold and the air polluted. Utah on track for one of snowiest winters in decades
    Heavy snow storms in January could make this winter one of the wettest in recent history, but whether all that snow makes it to Utah reservoirs by sum...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Stan Holmes installed solar panels on his roof, Rocky Mountain power wants net-metered customers like Holmes, who have invested thousands in solar arrays to pay a monthly fee, Friday, July 25, 2014 Utah solar industry gives up fight over tax credit for rooftop installs
    State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share

  • Rich Pedroncelli |  AP file photo In this May 18, 2016 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures during a community event in Sacramento. Brown called last summer for a delay in voting on creation of an eleven-state power grid to be run by the California Independent System Operator, or CAISO, to address ’important unresolved issues.’  The potentially money-saving plan remains stalled.  Questions about California’s clout stall plan for Western power grid
    Negotiations to create an 11-state regional electric grid that would include Utah have stagnated, with key players deadlocked over individual states’ ...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 11:43 pm   |     |   Share