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Colorado will finally issue renewed Suncor permit, while tightening air monitoring

Colorado air pollution regulators have issued one of the Suncor refinery’s two long-delayed permit renewals, while also strengthening rules on how the company must carry out a new air monitoring law to protect neighbors.  The EPA also signaled it no longer objects to the Plant 2 permit for Suncor after the state made some revisions. […]

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Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission rejects citizen petition to get faster clean trucks rules

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission rejected a citizen petition demanding faster adoption of a  clean truck fleet, saying state air pollution staff and trucking businesses need more time to adapt rules already launched by California and other states.  A coalition led by Colorado GreenLatinos, the City and County of Denver, NAACP Colorado and more […]

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Colorado will have hundreds more air pollution sources to permit. Here’s how the state is gearing up.  

The EPA downgrade of Northern Front Range ozone pollution to “severe” from “serious” on Tuesday will require hundreds of Colorado companies to get emission permits from a critically backlogged state system, but health officials say their request for a steep budget increase from lawmakers will clear the jam and improve the air.  State health officials […]

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Environmental coalition demands Colorado speed up clean truck rules, citing long delays in air pollution cuts

A coalition of Colorado environmental groups has filed a petition with the Air Quality Control Commission demanding they finish rules for cleaner trucks by the end of this year, saying they are harming Colorado residents through a series of delays in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and ozone.  The AQCC should order staff at the Air […]

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Environmental groups demand Polis remove Colorado Air Pollution Control director, call for independent investigation

A Colorado environmental coalition Thursday demanded that Gov. Jared Polis remove the director of the state Air Pollution Control Division, who is called out in a whistleblower complaint alleging the state endangers public health by unlawfully approving permits to pollute the air.  The coalition also asked the state attorney general’s office to launch its own […]

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Coalition demands fence line monitors, tougher caps at Suncor to protect Colorado communities

A coalition of neighbors, activists and state legislators on Wednesday unveiled a bill creating real-time air monitoring at the fence lines of major toxic polluters and a new network of dispersed community sensors, putting allies on notice they expect tangible results this year from the environmental justice movement.  The soon-to-be-introduced bill would require the Air […]

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First-in-the-nation rule to slash methane emissions from Colorado oil and gas operations relied on compromise

A rule clamping down on air pollution from key devices used by the oil and gas industry – which drew support from environmental groups and industry – was unanimously adopted by Colorado air quality regulators Thursday. The first-in-the-nation rule requires the installation of non-emitting controllers on all new oil and gas operations and the retrofitting […]