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Environmental Rollbacks by the Trump Administration Threaten Westerners’ Health and Way of Life

| by Joro Walker

As our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, we are more aware than ever of the importance of having healthy air to breathe and clean water to drink and wash our hands. Yet in recent weeks the Trump administration has rolled back protections for clean air and water, right when we need them the most. In... Read more »

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The Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed: Leverage stimulus to invest in Utah’s clean air

| by Joro Walker

This op-ed was authored by Joro Walker, general counsel with Western Resource Advocates. It originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on May 4, 2020.  While our skies here on the Wasatch Front have been crystal clear in recent weeks, winter inversions and summer ozone buildup mean we are all too aware of the connection... Read more »

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Near-road Monitor Installation Important Step in Reducing Air Pollution in Utah

| by Joro Walker

WRA made the installation of Salt Lake City’s first-ever near-road air quality monitor a top priority. Learn why this was such an important step in protecting Utah communities from air pollution.

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Kennecott Utah Copper shuts down its last coal-fired power plant

| by Joro Walker

WRA steps in to secure early retirement of the last remaining coal plant on the densely populated Wasatch Front.

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Our 2018 Year in Review: Mobilizing Public Support to Protect Land, Air, and Water Across the West

| by Joro Walker

In 2018, we mobilized public participation in all 7 of the Western states where we work, sending policy makers over 2,500 comments and petitions from citizens in favor of clean air, healthy rivers, and connected lands in local, state and federal forums.

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A 30,000 Foot View of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

| by Joro Walker

WRA’s Utah-based General Counsel Joro Walker flew over Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to shine a light on how much is at risk if a court doesn’t reverse President Trump’s unprecedented decision to shrink the monument by a stunning 900,000 acres.

Utah Businesses Urge the State to Act on Harmful Air Pollution

| by Joro Walker

For Utah businesses, clean air and a healthy environment are crucial for attracting and retaining employee talent and keeping the economy prosperous.

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To Fix Utah’s Air Pollution Problem, We Also Need to Do Something About Gravel Mine Dust

| by Joro Walker

A serious health hazard, just like air pollution from combustion, dust is a source of fine particulate matter—extremely small particles that, when inhaled, affect the heart, blood vessels, and lungs.