Posted inOpinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado’s ozone policy exists between fantasy and reality

I had a strange feeling of falling back in time to the “Twilight Zone” TV series of the early ’60s as I read the charts that explain why it’s so hard to cut Colorado’s ozone.  I’ll save you the trip to Wikipedia: “Twilight Zone” episodes included “fantasy, science fiction, absurdism, dystopian fiction, suspense, horror, supernatural […]

Posted inClimate, Energy, News

Regional board to approve ozone action plan, but a Colorado coalition wants much more done

The northern Front Range’s newest plan to meet federal ozone-reduction mandates comes with a rare upfront admission that it won’t work.  The Regional Air Quality Council, a nonprofit board of experts and local officials charged with writing the state’s ozone compliance plan, will decide Friday on the latest proposals for trimming the hazardous ground-level gas. […]

Posted inNews, Transportation

Colorado offered $28 million for free transit in August. Most money for smaller agencies has gone unclaimed.

More than $2 million in state money allocated to make public transit free this month — in a push to boost ridership and ease pollution — will go unused as some regional transportation agencies say they don’t have enough drivers to handle a ridership surge.  Statewide, 14 transportation agencies, including the Regional Transportation District in […]

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EPA fines Weld County gas processor $3.25 million for leaks 

A Colorado natural gas processor will pay a $3.25 million fine in a settlement with federal and state air pollution officials, after allegations the company failed to detect and repair leaks that contributed to worsening ozone problems on the northern Front Range.  DCP Operating Company LP and five related subsidiaries will pay the fines and […]

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Environmental group sues to get EPA to crack down on Colorado’s record ozone violations

The Environmental Protection Agency unlawfully approved a weak ozone-reduction plan from Colorado regulators, and should do far more to limit oil and gas drilling and other pollution in the Denver metro area, according to a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Center for Biological Diversity.  The lawsuit demanding the EPA reject Colorado’s state implementation plan […]