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Colorado activists want gas-fired electrical plants to stop spewing pollution over Denver

Switching to natural gas from coal cut pollution at the Arapahoe and Cherokee electric generating stations nearly in half, but activists are now pushing for their early closure to speed the climate change battle and promote environmental justice.  The Sierra Club issued a report Tuesday in partnership with community groups asking why the massive smokestacks […]

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Opinion: Environmental justice led the way in Colorado’s legislative session

This past legislative session was momentous for environmental justice and clean energy in Colorado. That success was due to a bold coalition of empowered people partnered with brave legislators who fought to improve life in communities — particularly communities of color — that disproportionately bear the impacts of environmental and health harms.  Throughout the session, […]

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Colorado OKs Suncor refinery’s plan to fix violations with $12 million in emergency shutoff equipment

Colorado’s air pollution regulators have accepted a third party consultant’s recommendations on changes to the Suncor refinery in Commerce City intended to prevent some toxic releases into the community. The “root cause” investigation was a key part of a $9 million settlement between Suncor and the state Department of Public Health and Environment in March […]

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Suncor refinery’s bid for new permit gets rough hearing as advocates want to “end the cycle of problem, apology, repeat”

Neighbors and environmental advocates pleaded with state air pollution regulators over the weekend to deny or severely limit permits for Suncor Energy’s metro Denver fuel refinery, offering their own modeling showing the proposed permit will violate EPA caps and extend a record of tainting the region. Endorsing the major oil and gas refinery in a […]

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

Neighbors of the troubled Suncor refinery in Commerce City and north Denver can begin signing up today for notifications directly from the company explaining the chemical releases that periodically hit the community from the sprawling plant, Suncor said Wednesday.  Suncor said signups to receive Spanish or English, calls or emails will be available by Wednesday […]