Priority Issues

UPHE is working on the following priority issues.

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 will emit between 3,000 and 90,000 times more pollution than a natural gas furnace. 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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