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Emma Penrod

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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Emma:

The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years —

Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem. → Read More

Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank (A ‘preposterously’ big water tank) —

An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit. → Read More

Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank —

An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit. → Read More

The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline (Warring figures, hidden costs) —

Officials in Utah’s fastest-growing county are obscuring details of what a high-stakes project will cost taxpayers. → Read More

The water around a Utah uranium mine is growing more polluted. What does it mean for the nearby town?

The following was researched and written by Emma Penrod for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. → Read More

Utah offered nearly $13 million in federal cash to address stubborn wood smoke problem

Utahns who still burn wood at home may soon get paid to stop. → Read More

Calling Utah’s monument loss ‘tragic,’ Jane Goodall aims to inspire Utahns to fight for public lands, climate action and clean air

The antidote to inaction on environmental issues, according to Jane Goodall, is hope. → Read More

Floating trash on the Jordan River threatens entire species of waterfowl, but a new project aims to fix that

It’s not just the oceans that are plagued by plastic — Utah’s inland sea has a trash problem of its own, and conservationists hope that installing a sort of filter on the Jordan River will put a stop to it. → Read More

Utah lawmakers, water experts put the brakes on proposals some fear would destabilize Utah’s water supply

Utah legislators have declined to approve a pair of controversial water bills — one of which included possible funding for large water projects like the Lake Powell pipeline — but the matter may return before the Legislature’s end. → Read More

Some Utah lawmakers deny climate change, but OK a bill recognizing its impacts after hearing pleas from students

A bill that commits Utah’s leaders to recognizing “the impacts of a changing climate” drew initial approval Thursday after an impassioned hearing. → Read More

Lawmakers want to stop your car from polluting — and hire a few more air scientists

Dealing with Utah air pollution has always been an expensive proposition, but several lawmakers want the state to fund more air-quality research — and they’d like to see some polluting motorists pay up, as well. → Read More

The Arctic has inversions just like Utah, and they could be making climate change worse

The atmosphere over the Arctic is highly sensitive to air pollution and inversions much like Utah’s, scientists have discovered in a study that could help them understand why global warming is so much worse in one of the coldest places on Earth. → Read More

Utah’s air pollution woes unlikely to clear up before 2024, state scientists say

Even with tougher pollution standards in place, it could be many years before all Utahns are guaranteed clean, healthy air. → Read More

Feds optimistic Utah's history of failing to meet air quality rules is coming to an end, new EPA boss says

Air quality remains far and away the most worrying environmental issue Utah faces, says a newly appointed administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency. But he is voicing optimism those pollution problems can be fixed. → Read More

Utah’s top Christmas lights displays— yes, even Temple Square — are using less electricity these days

Once upon a time, the average Utahn would have used as much electricity lighting their roofline for Christmas as the typical Ethiopian would have used in an entire year. → Read More

Wasatch Front’s seasonal inversion is coming — and so are higher fines for burning wood

It’s that time of year: chestnuts roasting on open fires, but this season, with toughened state penalties against wood burning, in hopes that residents will find other ways to make the season bright. → Read More

Christmas tree shortage driving up prices, putting some Utah tree lots out of business

Normally Tooele residents Julie Vario and her husband, Pat, would spend this week hectically preparing fresh-cut conifers from Oregon for sale at their family-run Christmas tree lot in Tooele County. → Read More

In the past 10 days, twice as many Utahns signed up for solar panels every day than usually do in a month

More than 4,000 Utahns signed up to install solar panels in the 10 days before Tuesday’s deadline, becoming the last residents who will get credit under Rocky Mountain Power’s current — and more generous — terms for excess electricity delivered to its grid. → Read More

Utah awarded at least $1 million in renewable energy tax credits to people who may not have qualified

A state audit intended to quantify the cost of Utah’s energy-related incentive programs struggled to do so — but did find that Utahns may be claiming more tax credits than they actually earned. → Read More

Utah was so dry last month, some parts got no rain at all

October was a dismally dry month for Utah. → Read More