Utah Public Radio has partnered with the Public Insight Network to report on public health effects of air pollution in Cache Valley. Listeners and other members of the community here have been telling us their experiences with air pollution through an online form. Jennifer Pemberton has been listening to these stories and has this update on public concerns:
Several blocks were closed off around a chemical company in Provo while firefighters and a Hazmat crew responded to a chemical spill.
Neighbors spotted smoke coming through the roof at Wiltec on West Street about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Provo Fire Battalion Chief Tom Augustus told the Provo Daily Herald that the company that studies chemical reactions was testing sulfur trioxide when a research tube failed. He said the failure caused an unexpected chemical reaction that involved a significant amount of smoke.
According to the group American Rivers, the Colorado river is the most endangered river in the United States. Outdated water policies and climate change seem to be the main causes.
"We’re in our 12th or 13th year of prolonged drought in the basin; we’ve had below-average precipitation most years, and that is compounded upon itself, year to year. Reservoirs like Lake Mead and Lake Powell are at about 50 percent or slightly less capacity," said Matt Niemerski, director of American Rivers.
The superintendent of the Canyons School District has announced his resignation.
David Doty told school board members Tuesday night he’ll step down at the end of June to take a job with the Utah-based education reform company, Education Direction.
Doty has been superintendent since 2008 when the district was created and split from the Jordan School District. He says his decision to leave is due partly to his desire to spend more time with family.