School of Mines will run tests for a regional hub to sequester greenhouse gases from the city’s big cement and power plants
Evraz is selling its Pueblo and North American operations as it faces sanctions for ties with Russia
One of Pueblo’s biggest employers, Evraz Plc, is looking to get out of North America, which includes ending its ownership in steel mills in the city. The company is one of Russia’s largest steel and mining companies and acquired Pueblo’s mill in 2007. But since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the company has come under […]
Pueblo’s steel mill is an American success story. And it’s owned by Russians.
The story of Pueblo’s steel mill is steeped in the lore of American industry, from its rise backed by ingenuity and perseverance to its near demise at the hands of foreign competition. The mill has risen again in recent years, modernizing operations and winning back business from overseas rivals — with the help of its […]
Colorado agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But first they exempted the biggest polluters.
When Colorado air pollution regulators started writing rules to cut 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions by heavy industry, the first thing they had to do was exempt the four largest polluters. The original law says that cement plants and steel plants, which in Colorado are currently emitting up to a million tons a year […]
Colorado “nutrition labels” on construction materials will flag carbon instead of fat, salt and sugar
If the built environment is the grocery store, then in a world full of climate change worries, “embodied carbon” is the nutrition label. Carbon dioxide is the salt, sugar and fat on the label. Manufacturing road asphalt, concrete, reinforcing steel and bricks creates large amounts of the greenhouse gas. Now a pioneering Colorado law will […]
Xcel Energy needs a smarter, greener electric grid. But should Colorado customers foot the $344 million bill for it?
Xcel Energy is pushing for a record $344 million rate increase it says it needs to build a smarter, greener electric grid. But consumer advocates and state regulators are pushing back over the price tag. A major concern is that along with an earlier rate increase and other pending requests since the start of 2020, […]
Steel mill furnace explodes in Pueblo, injures 7
PUEBLO — A furnace explosion at a steel mill in Colorado injured seven workers, three critically. All seven were able to walk out and expected to survive after Saturday’s blast at the EVRAZ Pueblo steel mill, Vice President of Operations Dave Light said. Two of the more seriously injured workers were hospitalized with respiratory injuries. […]
Colorado governor releases final plan to reduce emissions by 90%. It’s still too vague, environmentalists say.
The state released its final version of the highly touted “Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap” Thursday, claiming it lays down the path and the timing of specific rules and legislation to achieve massive emissions reductions. But environmental advocates said it still is too vague to guarantee real change. The report by Gov. Jared Polis and […]
Rail mill project solidifies Pueblo’s “Steel City” moniker
By Jon Pompia, The Pueblo Chieftain PUEBLO — Like the city itself, steel-making in Pueblo has seen its highs and lows, booms and busts, and periods of “steady as she goes.” In history tomes as well as the minds of the thousands with a connection to the “steel mill” and the mines that fed it, […]
How would new regulations impact the oil and gas industry in Colorado? Here’s what we know.
The greatest point of contention in the debate about a monumental rewrite of Colorado’s oil and gas regulations is how it will impact the industry and the state. The predictions from critics are dire. A misleading new industry-funded TV commercial warns that the legislation would “shut down energy production in Colorado.” The industry claims it […]