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Colorado neighborhoods will get tougher toxic air monitoring of heavy polluters

Dangerous releases of toxic air by some of Colorado’s heaviest air polluters will get greater scrutiny after the legislature passed a bill requiring “fenceline” monitoring and expanded mobile testing by the state, according to activists hailing the proposal.  The legislature gave final approval this week to House Bill 1189 — and sent it on for […]

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

Advocates who want big changes in how Suncor operates are gearing up for re-permitting hearings in early May, even as the Commerce City refinery touts new safety installations it says will help limit future pollution.  The state Air Quality Control Commission will hold public hearings and take comments on the draft permit for Suncor from […]

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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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Colorado Democrats want to accelerate the governor’s emissions reduction roadmap. Polis says he’s not on board.

In a move to bolster Colorado’s push to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Democratic legislators are seeking to put pollution reductions outlined by the Polis administration into law, set deadlines and provide more money for the effort. Senate Bill 200 is an effort to codify much of the work that has gone to curb pollutants since […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Now that the coronavirus vaccine is here, public health agencies must convince Coloradans to take it

Vaccines won’t end this pandemic. Vaccination will.  Scrambling five letters at the end of a word is far more than semantics, say experts like  Immunize Colorado’s Stephanie Wasserman. The seemingly magical public health power of a highly effective vaccine dissipates immediately if too many people refuse to actually take the vaccine.  Colorado needs to get […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Mayor Hancock’s interference harms Denver Public Schools superintendent search

The sudden resignation of Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova has sparked a small but politically powerful group, led by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, to promote a far-fetched racist and sexist conspiracy theory — a charge so outrageous it cannot go unchallenged.  Therefore, the Colorado Latino Forum Board is compelled to respond by challenging the […]

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Do you have a good idea for a new state law? Here’s how to get it drafted by Colorado lawmakers

The next Colorado legislative session doesn’t start until Jan. 8, but the deadline for legislators to submit ideas for bills is quickly approaching. And this means it’s an opportune time to share ideas and concerns with your state lawmakers. All 100 state lawmakers are allowed to introduce five bills each year, and the deadline for […]