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Colorado ahead of the curve on methane, VOC regs 29.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
With all the worry over the future of coal, residents of Northwest Colorado can breathe a sigh relief knowing the state is ahead of the curve on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new methane and volatile organic compound regulations. “While the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is still in the process of reviewing the EPA’s proposed rule, they anticipate it will complement and not interfere with steps Colorado has already taken in striking a balance between the state's need for a healthy oil and gas industry and resident concern about health, safety and the environment,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement. Chris Colclasure, planning and policy program manager for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, said he doesn’t think oil and gas developers in the state have much to adapt to under the federal regulations. “It’s certainly easier for the state to implement, because we’ve got some experience,” he said. Colorado has stricter ...
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New Mexico, Utah drop water restrictions after Colorado mine spill 16.8.2015 Denver Post: Local
FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico officials on Saturday night dropped San Juan County's restrictions on using the Animas and San Juan rivers for drinking water following a ban after a ...
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Map created after Animas River spill shows Colorado faces 230 mines leaking heavy metals into rivers 16.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
After the 3 million gallon Gold King Mine blowout, Colorado officials began scrambling to create a map of a problem they've known about for years: 230 other old mines statewide leaking ...
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IOC rules out viral testing of Rio's Olympic waters 13.8.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said Wednesday, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic venues, with experts saying athletes are
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Colo. state health dept. says Animas water OK to treat for drinking 13.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
The state health department has told Durango officials that they can once again draw in water from the Animas River for drinking water treatment ...
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Beverly Grant brings farmers markets to Denver food deserts 12.8.2015 Denver Post: Food
Beverly Grant knows everyone is really busy, so she's all about fast food. "I can show people how, in 30 seconds, they make a smoothie or a quick saute or a detox salad," she said. "I just show them that fast food isn't what you think — it can be fresh ...
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Hickenlooper: Threat lessens on Animas River 12.8.2015 Durango Herald
State officials reported Tuesday that the Animas River appears to be back to pre-event conditions after seemingly catastrophic contamination.The latest water samples – taken Friday after a mustard-yellow plume of mining wastewater moved through Durango – shows that both heavy-metal and pH levels have returned to normal...
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No major species dieoffs from Animas River contamination a cause for optimism 10.8.2015 Durango Herald
If the pollution in the Animas River was a comet, the tail would be passing through the town of Durango now, said Aaron Kimple with Mountain Studies Institute.Like a comet, the 3 million gallons of toxic water accidentally released from the Gold King Mine in Silverton brought intense but hopefully passing effects.The fact that...
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Animas River fouled by 1 million gallons of contaminated mine water 7.8.2015 Denver Post: Business
A spill that sent 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas River, turning the river orange, set off warnings Thursday that contaminants threaten water quality ...
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Sparks fly in Colorado over the EPA's Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 High Country News Most Recent
State attorney general may challenge the emissions limit, though a top state environment official supports it.
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In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land 24.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A group with chemical sensitivities makes a community in the Arizona desert.
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Colorado faces clean-air rule from EPA 22.7.2015 Durango Herald
State health officials say environmental and energy interests need to come together to advance a state-specific plan on carbon pollution.A final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency is expected in the coming days, aimed at a 30-percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030. The proposal is state-based, with a...
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Matcha green tea adds flavor to banana "ice cream" 14.7.2015 Denver Post: Food
Like many Americans, I was first exposed to the taste of matcha green tea without really any thought on my part: green tea ice cream was the only dessert offered at our local Japanese
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High court sets back mercury rules 30.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may be only a temporary setback for regulators.The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not...
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EPA: Act now on climate change or pay later in money and deaths 24.6.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The Obama administration linked climate change to human health Tuesday, saying unchecked greenhouse gas pollution could cause 57,000 deaths a year by 2100 from bad air and 12,000 from extreme temperatures findings Colorado lawmakers addressed at a forum.
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New state marijuana survey sheds light on adult use and raises questions regarding youth exposure 22.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment released its first survey on adult marijuana use since the passage of Amendment 64, finding that 13.6 percent of Colorado adults ages 18 and older have used marijuana in the past 30 days. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS, reported data on usage by region, race, education completed, sexual orientation, income and age of first use. Regional usage spanned from 18.5 percent in Region 20 (Denver County) to 1.4 percent in Region 5 (Cheyenne, Lincoln, Elbert and Kit Carson counties). Adult usage in Region 11 (Routt, Moffat, Jackson, and Rio Blanco counties) was below the state average at 11 percent. In comparing the BRFSS results with that of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health’s, or NSDUH, in 2013, the department found no significant changes in usage, with adult use increasing only 0.7 percent since NSDUH’s report. According to the department’s executive director and chief medical officer, Dr. Larry Wolk, this survey marks ...
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Local pot use higher than state average 16.6.2015 Durango Herald
Though La Plata County trails behind the state in many important measures of collective well-being such as median income, we’re blazing ahead of the rest of Colorado in other areas.A new report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that in Region 9 – which includes Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma...
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CDPHE, EPA to clean toxic North Clear Creek, but town needs trump fish 30.5.2015 Denver Post: Local
They call it North Clear Creek, yet the water is so toxic, there are no fish. After years of delay, state and federal agencies this month confirmed they will clean the water by building a $15 million treatment plant — a project that had the goal of restoring fish ...
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Larimer County confirms first 2015 human case of tularemia 22.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed this year's first human case of tularemia in a county resident.
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FDA not aware of listeria at Blue Bell plant before outbreak 9.5.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.
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