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Colorado air pollution director Garry Kaufman reassigned after conflict of interest investigation

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reassigned its top air pollution control official to a newly-created job in the wake of a special investigator’s probe confirming his failure to report a potential conflict of interest. Garry Kaufman, who has led the Air Pollution Control Division since 2017 and previously worked on air […]

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Whistleblowers raised valid concerns about Colorado air pollution monitoring, probe finds, but problems were unintentional

Whistleblowers attacking the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division for conflicts of interest and improper modeling of potential pollution sources raised valid concerns in complaints to the EPA Inspector General, but the state’s violations were not intentional and officials did not falsify data, according to a new report by the state Attorney General’s Office. The report […]

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

The director of the state’s Air Pollution Control Division repeatedly signed off on exemptions to pollution limits for the world’s largest gold miner, Newmont Corp. — a company that he previously represented as an attorney in private practice, according to state records. Air Pollution Control Division Director Garry Kaufman approved the exemptions for Newmont’s Cripple […]