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Lakewood residents at elevated risk of cancer cases from Terumo medical sterilization plant, EPA says

Lakewood residents are at elevated cancer danger from releases of toxic ethylene oxide by the Terumo BCT medical equipment sterilization plant in their neighborhood, according to a new assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency targeting the riskiest sites in the nation.  The EPA said Wednesday it is making a new push to educate neighbors “on […]

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Colorado shuts down “illegal” mining operation upstream from Jeffco communities

Colorado officials have shut down what they call an illegal mining and milling operation south of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and above Jefferson County communities, saying uncontained chemicals like cyanide for gold processing are a hazard to the public and environment.  Rocky Flats Environmental Solutions, which says it is not a mining operation but […]

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Can Copper Mountain do something about climate change using its own slopes? 

Ski area officials in the West know they will lose up to 25% more of their snowpack between now and 2050, after suffering through 20% losses already in a decadeslong drought.  Through snowmaking from local river water and isolated geographic luck, Colorado ski areas have managed so far to avoid devastating impacts from climate change […]

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Colorado has been spreading biosolids with “forever chemicals” on farms, records show. How dangerous is it? 

Metro Denver’s wastewater treatment system is spreading sewage biosolids laced with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” at its farm in eastern Arapahoe County and on private farms that buy the material as fertilizer, according to test records obtained by the Colorado Sun.  The likely presence of the ubiquitous and dangerous chemicals on Colorado farmland, placed there […]

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Boulder County has choices to make about smokestacks, a quarry and open space. Which way will they go?

Boulder County residents driving Colorado 66 are all too familiar with the view on the way to Lyons or Rocky Mountain National Park: A big Cemex quarry on the north, gouging into a popular open space area and tumbling rocks into a conveyor belt overhead, and the imposing smokestacks of the Cemex cement kiln on […]

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Colorado has 200,000 tons of orphan greenhouse gases that no one claims, environmental groups say 

Nearly 200,000 tons of orphaned greenhouse gas emissions seemed to go off the books of a coal plant when a utility sold its partial share of the power.  Another utility made a vague promise to replace 80% of its transmission through clean resources, without revealing how that magic total will be reached.  Maybe these Colorado […]

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Colorado air pollution panel fails to fix whistleblower complaints, environmentalists say

Environmental groups say a state science and policy panel failed to fix problems tagged by whistleblowers that the state broke EPA rules in how it sets pollution caps for companies, and that now the state will continue to rubber stamp unlawful permits and harmful emissions. The advisory panel had two industry votes to one environmental […]

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Coloradans need somewhere to safely dump old computers and TVs. This new Denver service is trying to help.

Craig McNeal wrestles the Toshiba wall-mounted TV — once futuristic, now problematic — onto the recycling warehouse’s scale. While still wrangling it into position, he guesses: 60 pounds? The impassive scale reveals just how big is the challenge ahead: 64 pounds, to be precise, of obsolete plastic, metal and microchips that must be taken apart […]