Priority Issues

UPHE is working on the following priority issues.

UPHE takes the lead in Utah, as AMA adopts strong policy in response to Flint, MI water crisis

June 14, 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest national organization of physicians, adopted a strong policy to prevent children from being exposed to lead. They also called for an update to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) signature rule dealing with lead in water systems to require timely reporting on a publicly-accessible website of all public water system testing results. UPHE announced our intention to  lead the charge to make this happen in Utah.

UPHE joins forces to stop shale oil project

On June 14, 2016, this conservation alliance submitted formal comments to the Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal Field Office Tuesday urging the Obama administration to deny rights-of- way across federal public lands that would allow an Estonian energy giant to sidestep environmental review and pave the way for the first commercial oil shale project in the United States. Enefit Oil Shale Project Press Statement

New Proposed Air Quality Rules

On October 7, 2015, UPHE and our colleagues at HEAL Utah and Western Resource Advocates proposed  to the Utah Air Quality Board four new rules which apply to Utah’s largest industries and are aimed to improve Utah’s air quality and public health. [Read More]

Refinery Expansion

Both the Holly and Tesoro refineries are looking to expand their production capacity. According to Utah DAQ’s official documents, the refineries as a group are the second largest industrial source of pollution after Rio Tinto/Kennecott (RTK) in Salt Lake and Davis Counties and present serious safety risks. Toxic pollution from oil refineries doesn’t stay outside. It seeps into nearby homes, and builds up. [Read More]

Rio Tinto – Kennecott

Rio Tinto-Kennecott again makes Salt Lake County the second most toxic county in the nation as toxic releases have increased once more. [Read More]


Stericycle is a medical waste incinerator located in North Salt Lake. Incineration actually spreads disease, does not remove toxins while creating new toxins while merely concentrating and redistributing existing ones.  Emissions from incinerators are probably the most toxic type of air pollution,  including the deadliest compounds known to science–including dioxins, furans, heavy metals, radioactive elements and even prions (the highly infective proteins that cause the 100% fatal human “Mad Cow”disease). [Read More]

Wood Burning

Studies show that depending on the type of wood stove or fireplace, a home using wood for heat emits  3,000 times more pollution than a natural gas furnace, as much as using between 90 and 400 cars all winter.  We require emissions testing of all those cars, but not wood burning appliances.  Why?   The EPA estimates that the lifetime cancer risk from wood stove smoke is 12 times greater than that from an equal volume of secondhand tobacco smoke. [Read More]

Reducing Dust

Dust from the Geneva Rock gravel pit is being blown throughout the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County into your lungs all day. [Read More]

Freeway Expansion

Studies show that the zone of increased pollution along a freeway corridor (compared to community wide concentrations) is approximately two miles wide. Thousands of studies confirm the health threat of freeway pollution. [Read More]

Preserving Wasatch Mountains

UPHE is working to fight ski resort expansion and development in our watershed. By protecting our watershed from development, we are protecting our water quality. [Read More]

Climate Change

Utah must respond in earnest to the developing climate crisis.  After consulting with energy experts, UPHE has made several recommendations. [Read More]

Dirty Energy Development in Eastern Utah

Coming soon.

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