Already narrowed, Colorado rule to reduce car commutes is withdrawn completely

BY: - July 23, 2021

Days after dramatically scaling down a proposed rule to require large employers to encourage alternatives to car commutes, Colorado air-quality regulators went even further to satisfy the concerns of business groups opposed to the measure, moving to withdraw it from consideration entirely. In a pair of motions filed with the Air Quality Control Commission this […]

Denver area again misses deadline to meet EPA air-quality standards

BY: - July 21, 2021

Spurred by the federal Clean Air Act, Colorado regulators are weighing a range of new pollution-fighting measures to reduce the Denver metro area’s long-running ozone problem — but for the second summer in a row, things are getting worse, not better. “The smoke alarm in Colorado is going off, and we need to put out […]

Colorado backs off plan to require large employers to encourage reduced car travel

BY: - July 20, 2021

Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that they would dramatically scale down a proposed rule to require large employers in the Denver metro area to incentivize their employees to reduce car travel, dealing a major blow to efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. “The […]

Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show

BY: - July 15, 2021

Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary federal data from the National Vital Statistics System. That’s the largest year-over-year increase in Colorado overdose deaths since at least 2000, and is worse than the U.S. average. The nation as a whole experienced a 29% increase in overdose […]

Colorado AG taps Atlanta law firm to investigate air-quality whistleblower claims

BY: - July 2, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has appointed four attorneys with a well-known Atlanta law firm to serve as special assistant attorneys general in the independent investigation into the allegations made in a whistleblower complaint filed earlier this year by several air-quality regulators at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “After CDPHE’s Executive Director […]

Colorado AG launching independent investigation into air-quality whistleblower complaint

BY: - April 27, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is moving to launch an independent investigation of allegations made last month by a group of whistleblowers that the state’s air-quality agency has for years illegally issued permits to industrial polluters. In a request for information issued on Monday, the Colorado Department of Law solicited proposals from outside law firms […]

‘Fourth wave’ of COVID-19 infections hitting Colorado, state health officials say

BY: - April 9, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis and top state health officials acknowledged on Friday that rising COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations constitute a “fourth wave” of the deadly pandemic that is impacting Colorado and much of the rest of the country. “This is a time of great concern in Colorado,” Polis said in a press conference on the […]

‘This is our Flint’: Colorado environmental activists call for investigation following whistleblower complaint

BY: - April 2, 2021

A coalition of environmental and community groups who have spent years pressuring Colorado’s health department to crack down on air pollution say that the allegations contained in a federal whistleblower complaint this week painted a picture of the agency that’s even worse than they feared. “This is a huge, huge deal,” said Jeremy Nichols, climate […]

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Vaccine disparities answered with weekend clinic at west Denver church

BY: - February 7, 2021

Around 500 Coloradans who are 70 and older were signed up to get a shot in the arm at St. Cajetan Catholic Church in west Denver each day from Friday through Sunday. The drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic — organized in part by Democratic state Reps. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie Gonzales of Denver, plus Denver City […]

COVID-19 restrictions set to loosen in many counties on the morning of Feb. 6

BY: - February 5, 2021

Major changes to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial system — used to determine restrictions on economic and social activities based on the spread of the coronavirus — will mean many counties can open their businesses to more patrons starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 6. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve used the latest data to drive decisions about how […]

Colorado health department prepares to overhaul COVID-19 dial system

BY: - February 2, 2021

Soon, Colorado’s COVID-19 dial is getting a makeover. State health officials determine county-level coronavirus restrictions based on various disease metrics included in the COVID-19 dial framework, which they first rolled out in September. The latest iteration of the dial includes six levels, ranging from green (“Protect Our Neighbors”) to purple (“Extreme Risk”). Levels are, at […]

Colorado’s new COVID-19 vaccine data illuminates racial and ethnic disparities

BY: - January 25, 2021

Colorado officials, including Gov. Jared Polis, repeatedly point to health equity as a guiding force in their COVID-19 response efforts. They’ve said they aim to ensure that everyone receives the care they need during the pandemic — regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or geographic location. But a few days after the state added race […]