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Emma Penrod

Environment reporter, Health, education, environment

801-257-8790, epenrod@sltrib.com


  • Shaun McGrath ï Fformer administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8, which covers Utah. 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 u...
    Updated May 19 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christina Slade is a Magna resident who has decided to replace her lawn after growing tired to all the maintenance and water a lawn requires. Her water-wise plants only require to be watered once a week even in the heat of Summer. It is not typically necessary to start watering your garden until Mother’s Day in Utah, and yet each year Salt Lake City residents spend more than $37,000 per day watering their lawns in April and early May. Early lawn watering leads Utahns’ wallets to spring a leak
    If you’ve already started watering your lawn, there’s a good chance you’ve done little more than waste money, experts say. Utah water managers say the...
    Updated May 17 2017 07:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     School busses leave Matheson Junior High School in Magna, Utah Tuesday May 16, 2017. What to do with Volkswagen’s fine? Utah guv says buy new school buses
    Volkswagen will be buying Utah students new, cleaner school buses, Gov. Gary Herbert told fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Ensign Elementary Schoo...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah auditor says Division of Water Quality employee falsified travel over a decade
    An employee of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality used falsified invoices to steal more than $140,000 from taxpayers, according to the state...
    Updated May 15 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Water is dark brown and filled with toxic sediment below Tibble Fork Reservoir dam Thursday August  25 . 9 months after toxic spill, American Fork deemed no longer dangerous
    The Utah County Health Department has lifted an advisory warning residents away from recreating in the American Fork River, which was polluted by lead...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Professor Denise Stephens, foreground with BYU students Leeanne Farnbach, left, Andrew Patterson, center, and Kyle Matt, right, who discovered a new planet while working on a class project with the school’s 16 inch Cassegrain telescope, Thursday, May 4, 2017. Planet discovery a lesson in persistence, BYU astronomy students say
    Provo • A group of recent Brigham Young University graduates can already put “discovered a planet” on their resumes. A paper describing their first di...
    Updated May 11 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Luis Parriles, of Orem, fishes in the Provo River near Heber City Friday, May 5, 2017. Ample snowpack has Utah rivers set to flood
    Several northern Utah rivers are practically guaranteed to overflow their banks later this month, based on the amount of snow remaining in mountains a...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Local healthcare professionals attend the Unmask My City: Air Quality, Climate Change and Your Health event at Impact Hub on Tuesday. Advocates urge public action on Utah air quality
    More Utah residents and community leaders need to speak out against air pollution, advocates are saying. Air-quality campaigners are enlivened after t...
    Updated May 03 2017 09:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A pollution inversion over the Salt Lake Valley as seen from an airplane returning to Salt Lake International Airport Friday December 30, 2016.  EPA labels Utah air-quality problems ‘serious’
    State officials are mulling new pollution-control measures after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found Utah out of compliance with air-qu...
    Updated May 03 2017 12:51 am   |     |   Share

  • (File photo | Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A runner takes advantage of sprinklers to cool down on his training run in Sugarhouse Park in 2014. How much water does Utah really use? With data based on guesswork, the answer is unclear
    Utah has a partial grasp, at best, of how much water it consumes, a new report suggests. A fraction of the information that goes into the state’s offi...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:35 pm   |     |   Share

  • (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. Study: Utahns are still burning wood during inversions
    New data from Utah’s Division of Air Quality suggest Utahns are ignoring the state’s mandatory no-burn days, when burning wood or other solid fuels su...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 08:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • Black holes help U. researchers illuminate origin of tiny galaxies
    Despite their mysterious nature, two black holes recently discovered by University of Utah scientists are shedding light on how galaxies form. The bl...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (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