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South Platte River gets no new protections after heated Water Quality Control Commission hearing

Public officials, conservation groups and citizen speakers pleaded with the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission Monday to reverse a 2020 decision and strengthen protections for the South Platte River in north Denver and Adams County, but the commissioners declined.  Opponents of the commission’s decision last year thought they had one last chance in a “town […]

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Agricultural water contaminated with “forever chemicals” could taint produce, Colorado study finds

Lettuce and other produce could soak up dangerous concentrations of the banned firefighting chemical PFAS tainting agricultural irrigation, even in areas where drinking water is already filtered for the substance, according to a new modeling study led by the Colorado School of Mines. The study proves the possibility, but does not claim real-world tests on […]

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Suncor oil refinery agrees to $9 million settlement with Colorado for air quality violations in Commerce City

Suncor Energy will pay $9 million to settle air quality violations at its refinery in Commerce City dating to 2017, including one in December that blanketed adjacent neighborhoods in an ashy substance. It is the biggest penalty Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has ever leveled from a single facility to resolve air pollution […]