Feb 22, 2019 11:51 am MSTUtah radioactive waste bill passes; veto by Gov. Gary Herbert appears unlikely A nuclear waste watchdog group is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill dealing with depleted uranium, a form of radioactive waste. The measure passed the House on a vote of 50-20 Friday morning and awaits his signature.
Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Amy Joi O'Donoghue is the environmental reporter the Deseret News, specializing in coverage of issues that affect land, air, water and energy development. She has worked here since 1998 and has been an assistant city editor and reported on the governor’s office, health and human services and criminal justice issues. In Ogden, she worked at the Standard-Examiner for 15 years as a reporter and editor. A native of Ogden, Amy Joi started writing while still in grade school and went on to attend Weber State University as an honors student in political science and communications. She has won multiple awards over her career and would like to go onto graduate school.
Feb 21, 2019 7:35 pm MSTWhy Stericycle's medical waste incinerator operations are leaving Utah Stericycle will cease its medical waste incineration operations in Utah after it abandoned plans to move to a Tooele County location. The move was part of a settlement agreement inked with the state over air quality violations. Discussions continue.
Feb 21, 2019 7:22 pm MSTControversy continues over trio of Utah water reform measures Three water bills that could enact significant reforms to Utah law will be heard in a legislative committee Friday morning, and while the result of months of work, the measures are still accompanied by questions and concerns that could doom passage.
Feb 20, 2019 5:41 pm MSTSandy public utilities director on paid administrative leave in wake of fluoride event Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced Wednesday that Tom Ward, director of public utilities, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation into an accidental release of fluoride concentrate in drinking water.
Feb 20, 2019 2:49 pm MSTRadioactive waste bill gets preliminary approval in Utah Senate A bill on radioactive waste disposal received initial approval Wednesday in the Senate but needs another vote to clear that body and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's signature before it becomes law. It could allow disposal of depleted uranium waste.
Feb 19, 2019 12:02 pm MSTFluoride moratorium? Utah legislator wants assurances after Sandy water ordeal A Utah lawmaker is considering a bill that would invoke a moratorium on the delivery of fluoride via a pump delivery system at well sites until the safety of those systems is assured. Such a ban is on the table in the wake of Sandy's water problems.
Feb 16, 2019 1:34 pm MSTUtah city delayed notifying state, public of contaminated water Sandy was cited for excess fluoride levels and failure to adequately inform the public over drinking water also containing high levels of lead and copper in some areas. An infant and other people have been sickened.
Feb 15, 2019 6:13 pm MSTUtah lawmakers plowing through air pollution solutions Utah lawmakers are toying with a number of funding requests aimed at decreasing emissions to help avert the unhealthy impacts of inversions. Aside from programs for the public, the state itself is considering moves to reduce its own contribution.
Feb 14, 2019 6:37 pm MSTUtah Senate panel advances radioactive waste bill, despite Gov. Gary Herbert's 'discomfort' The Senate natural resources committee advanced a controversial bill related to the disposal of radioactive waste in Utah, despite concerns and "some discomfort" expressed by Gov. Gary Herbert via a cabinet member. It now goes to the full Senate.
Feb 13, 2019 1:34 pm MST$101 million in funding requests to fight pollution in Utah, but what will work? What will work and what might not in the battle to fix the Wasatch Front pollution problem? Lawmakers are mulling that $101 million question via the funding requests that came before the natural resources appropriations subcommittee Wednesday.