Bill that would improve air-pollution monitoring at Suncor refinery passed by House
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 […]
Why does Garry Kaufman still have a job?
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 […]
Colorado lawmakers revive plans to better monitor — but not regulate — some toxic air pollutants
A year ago, Colorado lawmakers were moving forward with ambitious legislation to track and regulate new categories of air pollutants from facilities like Commerce City’s Suncor oil refinery when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing them to drastically downsize the proposal. In an abbreviated end to the legislative session in June, they passed only a tiny […]
Increased vulnerability to COVID-19 connected to oil and gas development
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 […]