Introduction To Environmental Topics
The environment plays a key role in the public health of Utah. From air and water
quality to radon and lead, there are many environmental factors that can influence
the health of our residents. While many environmental factors are naturally occurring,
our behavior can influence and increase some of the negative affects that influence
climate change factors, such as automobile emissions and air quality.
The indicator categories below combine related indicators into four environmental categories.
Please click on a category to see more.
Air QualityAir pollution refers to any biological, physical, or chemical particle that is in the air that should not be there.
CadmiumCadmium is a metal that is found naturally in the Earth's crust.
Drinking WaterDrinking water can become contaminated from a variety of sources. Data is available for the following contaminants: arsenic, atrazine, DEHP, disinfection byproducts, nirates, PCE, radium, TCE, and uranium.
Hazardous Substance ReleasesThe term "hazardous substance release" is a broad term that refers to an uncontrolled or illegal release, or a threatened release of one or more toxic substances.
LeadLead is a naturally-occurring, bluish-gray metal found in small amounts in the earth's crust. Human activity is responsible for lead emissions as well, including burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing.
MercuryMercury, also known as quicksilver, is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil.
RadonRadon is a radioactive gas that is released when uranium in the soili breaks down. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.