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Colorado allows an Eastern Plains power plant to emit toxic sulfur dioxide emissions far above safe levels, groups claim

A broad coalition of activists says it has done its own pollution modelling and analyzed EPA data, finding the Brush coal-fired station violated standards for hundreds of hours in the past two years.

Environment

Colorado neighborhoods will get tougher toxic air monitoring of heavy polluters

House Bill 1189 passed this week with a push from community advocates and conservation groups seeking more real-time, publicly disclosed tracking of dangerous pollutants like benzene.

Environment

87 Front Range oil and gas wells ordered to shut down after operator KP Kauffman fails to clean up spills

Ditch companies and farmers have been harmed by KP Kauffman’s unfinished work to mop up after flowlines leaked, state regulators say

Energy

Northern Weld County to be placed under tighter ozone restrictions in EPA reversal

All of Weld County will now come under tougher oil and gas and vehicle rules to tamp down the dangerous chemical

Environment

Some Colorado utility consumers could pay more than $550 for February storm

Consumer advocates still pursuing questions of why gas supplies for Front Range shot up so much when the cold hit Texas hardest.

Energy

Colorado OKs Suncor refinery’s plan to fix violations with $12 million in emergency shutoff equipment

Automated lockdowns of key gasoline-refining stacks may prevent the white dust clouds that enraged Globeville and Commerce City neighbors and environmental groups.

Energy

Coloradans looking for EV battery recycling don’t have many places to go

But a repair shop in northeast Denver — and a growing network of aggregators, shippers and grinders of “black mass” — have some ideas to handle the coming flood.

Environment

Colorado drivers could use a “coach” to get them to buy more EVs

These things won’t sell themselves, according to a new series of public-private partnerships that say retiring gas vehicles to stop climate change can’t be left to the free market.

Environment

The “building electrification” movement is coming for your Colorado home. Here’s what you need to know before giving up gas.

Fighting greenhouse gases means switching out fuel-burning furnaces, water heaters and stoves for models running on clean electricity. Coloradans will have to adapt.

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Two Colorado oil companies announce merger, the latest in a consolidating industry

Bonanza Creek Energy and Extraction Oil & Gas are combining to create Civitas Energy

Energy

Colorado used since-“retired” memo when writing disputed Suncor refinery pollution permit

Colorado officials now say they have withdrawn the 2010 memo as guidance for staff, but whistleblowers say the technical analysis for Suncor uses the same unlawful rules and the permit should be torn up

Environment

Suncor refinery’s bid for new permit gets rough hearing as advocates want to “end the cycle of problem, apology, repeat”

Refinery neighbors, environmental advocates say pollution controls should come with new Suncor permit

Environment

Wyoming backs coal with $1.2M threat to sue Colorado and other states

The law signed April 6 by Republican Gov. Mark Gordon creates a $1.2 million fund for an initiative that marks the latest attempt by state leaders to help coal in the state that accounts for the bulk of U.S. coal production

Energy

Colorado truly loves its Subarus, but when can the dog hang out the window of an electric version?

EV and Zero Emission Vehicle sales are picking up in the state, new stats show, but the lack of clean models in the SUVs and pickups we crave are bad signs for fast change in pollution

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Colorado governor threatens to veto bill from fellow Democrats seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

“We're not willing to give dictatorial authority over our economy to one unelected board,” Gov. Jared Polis said.

Environment

Amazon’s first electric vans started delivering packages in the Denver area this week

The metro area is one of 16 cities planned for new Rivian delivery vans. But the EVs will stay close to distribution centers because of their limited 150-mile range.

Environment

Effort to force Colorado to cut greenhouse emissions faster exposes exasperation with Polis administration

“I am highly frustrated where we are now,” Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, said.

Environment

Students designed a net-zero solar home in one of Colorado’s coldest mountain towns that could help a housing crisis

The challenge started on a lark during the Solar Decathlon hosted in Denver in 2017. University of Colorado students persisted with novice crew -- and through COVID-19 -- to build a sustainable option to the lack of affordable housing in resort communities.

Energy

Biden administration ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

The petroleum industry and its Republican allies in Congress have said the oil and gas moratorium will harm the economies of Western states without putting a significant dent in climate change

Energy

As Suncor permits come up for renewal, advocates see chance to push for pollution cuts at Commerce City refinery

An independent review required millions in safety shutoff spending to stop refinery leaks, but neighbors and advocates want more emission controls.

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