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Colorado Air Pollution Control Division

Colorado Air Pollution Control Division
Colorado Air Pollution Control Division

A new rule to slash oil and gas emissions appeals to the industry, but Colorado activists worry it won’t work

The proposed "intensity target" rule aims to slash carbon emissions from the oil and gas industry by 60%. But the targets are based on data that doesn’t exist.

Environment

Colorado’s bad air includes fumes from sunscreen, bug spray and hand lotion

“The home is the new tailpipe” say Boulder researchers, showing consumer products contribute a big portion of ozone-causing chemicals ruining Front Range air. The state could do something about it, scientists say.

Environment

Here’s what you need to know about Colorado air pollution — and what you can do about it

A heat wave spikes ozone levels to “Unhealthy” on the Front Range, and Sun readers have questions. We sought some of the top air experts in the state for your answers.

Environment

Some of the worst ozone pollution in the U.S. settles along the Front Range. New rules to fix it are ahead.

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the chemical dangerous to human health. But it will take leaning on automobiles and oil and gas producers to really move the needle.

Climate

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

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

Colorado wants big companies to attack climate change by getting their employees to ditch car commutes

Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division wants businesses with more than 100 workers to start charging for parking, provide shuttles from transit stops and allow more working from home.

Environment

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Colorado officials now say they have withdrawn the 2010 memo as guidance for staff, but whistleblowers say the technical analysis for Suncor uses the same unlawful rules and the permit should be torn up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

Former mining company attorney regularly granted a past client exemptions as Colorado’s head of air pollution control, records show

Whistleblowers point to Director Garry Kaufman’s approval of exemptions for Newmont’s Cripple Creek & Victor Mine as clear conflicts of interest that prioritize the industry over public health

Environment

Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

Phil Weiser’s office asks for a third-party investigator to assess internal employee complaints that the Air Pollution Control Division ignored the law and falsified data

Environment

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.

Environment

Sen. Winter, Rep. Jackson: It’s time for climate action and justice in Colorado. Our bills will help us get there.

While progress to reduce emissions has been made, voluntary commitments and incentives will not be enough to reach our climate goals and protect our Colorado way of life. We need enforceable climate action now.

Opinion Columns

Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

State employees allege a yearslong pattern of illegal state actions designed to speed up permits and avoid scrutiny by the public.

Environment

Suncor refinery neighbors can get warnings and details on chemical leaks sent to phones

The embattled oil and gas industrial site pledges to tell Commerce City, Globeville-Elyria-Swansea and others when new incidents occur through texts and phone alerts

Environment

Colorado is behind on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. How far should the state push industry to get there?

Critics say the governor's roadmap is guided by "wishful thinking" rather than binding mandates to cut emissions blamed for climate change.

Climate

Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Some environmental groups say the new regulations, which also give local governments access to collected data, aren’t fully baked even after long negotiations

Colorado must cut half of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It will lean on oil and gas to do it.

Coal plant shutdowns and cleaner vehicles are helping make progress, but oil and gas must scrub 7 million metric tons of emissions with no rules to guide it.

Energy

Air quality improved slightly during the stay-at-home order. But Colorado still has a serious pollution problem.

Officials have until June 2021 to meet a ground-level ozone compliance deadline set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Environment

Overhaul of Colorado oil and gas rules, stalled by coronavirus, gets going again — on Zoom

The volunteer Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was supposed to finish the state's Senate Bill 181 oil and gas regulation overhaul before a new paid panel takes over. It’s not happening.

Energy
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