EPA awards $9.7 million to Utah DEQ for ozone/PM2.5 projects. $5 million targets replacement of Uinta Basin energy production engines with new, cleaner-burning engines.

October 30, 2019

On October 2, 2019 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is providing the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) $9.7 million for projects to improve air quality in the Salt Lake City area and reduce energy production pollution in eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin.

The EPA grants, part of the agency’s Targeted Airshed Grants program, support state and locally-led efforts to reduce emissions in areas facing air quality challenges associated with ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), commonly known as smog and soot.

EPA will provide Utah DEQ with grants for the following two projects:

  • Uinta Basin – $5 million to replace natural gas engines used in energy production equipment in the Uinta Basin with new, cleaner-burning engines. Utah DEQ will work directly with the Ute Tribe and oil and gas companies operating in the Uinta Basin to identify applicants and eligible equipment.
  • Salt Lake City area – $4.7 million to repair and replace passenger vehicles that fail emissions tests. Utah DEQ will work with the Davis County Health Department, the Salt Lake City Health Department and the Weber-Morgan Health Department to implement the project which will

These projects target reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds, which contribute to ground-level ozone formation, and fine particulates.

What this means to you
In order to reduce ozone pollution in eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin EPA is giving Utah DEQ $5 million to replace Uinta Basin energy production NG engines with new clean burning engines.

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