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Report highlights ‘tree equity’ gaps in Colorado neighborhoods

BY: - August 4, 2021

How much of the open space, sidewalks and other land in your neighborhood is shaded by trees? It depends on where you live — and, environmental advocates say, on decades of inequities that break down along class and racial lines. Only about 3% of Sun Valley, a west Denver neighborhood where 94% of residents live […]

Bill that would improve air-pollution monitoring at Suncor refinery passed by House

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at better monitoring toxic air pollution emitted by facilities like Commerce City’s Suncor oil refinery, advancing the legislation to the state Senate. Democrats in the lower chamber passed House Bill 21-1189 on a 40-23, party-line vote. The legislation would require facilities that meet emissions […]

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Why does Garry Kaufman still have a job?

BY: - May 14, 2021

Denver has long been famous for dirty air. In recent years air pollution throughout the Front Range has warranted increasing concern as regulation of toxic emissions proved persistently inadequate. The fouled state of the air presents an immediate risk to public health and is a manifestation of the regulatory breakdown behind the far more dangerous […]

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Increased vulnerability to COVID-19 connected to oil and gas development

BY: - February 9, 2021

Imagine living near an oil and gas refinery which emits more than 800,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants, a company made to pay a $9 million settlement in 2020 for state and federal air pollution violations. Your son and your mother have asthma and it’s often not safe for them to go outdoors. In this […]