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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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Energy choices affect public health 27.8.2015 Durango Herald
As the Gold King Mine disaster cuts a gold swathe through our Four Corners communities, we are left uncertain of the health impacts of the contamination of the Animas River. We do know that heavy-metal levels – iron, lead, mercury and others – reached hundreds of times over their safe thresholds. What is less clear is how long these...
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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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Data show widespread mining impacts 14.8.2015 Durango Herald
State health officials Thursday released a map that shows water-quality impacts to 1,645 miles of streams, possibly caused by mining activities.The data come as the Durango community continues to recover from a devastating error by a crew contracted by the Environmental Protection Agency that sent an estimated 3 million gallons of mining...
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Costs and lingering sediment remain a concern 14.8.2015 Durango Herald
With news improving concerning the Animas River spill, local officials can now turn their attention to more long-term issues, such as impacts to the budget and contaminated sediment that might linger.Both state and federal health officials say Animas water quality has returned to pre-event conditions after an estimated 3 million gallons...
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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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New amphibious species are discovered in Brazil 7.8.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Venomous frogs are a thing now, apparently.While poisonous frogs are quite common, venomous frogs were unrecognized by science until just now.
Arrival of the cost-benefit state 3.8.2015 Current Issue
The Supreme Court wants the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh human health against costs to industry.
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Immigrants, poor fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury 29.7.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River.
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Watchdog: Budget cuts lead to poor taxpayer service at IRS 15.7.2015 Denver Post: Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said ...
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Nuns lose health-care act battle 15.7.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – The federal health-care law doesn’t infringe on the religious freedom of faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in employee health plans, a federal appeals court in Denver ruled Tuesday.The case involves a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in...
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science "Poison" exhibit worth ingesting 9.7.2015 Denver Post: Entertainment
"The Power of Poison" opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science this week with a slippery balancing act in tow.
High Country News: Hydrocarbon inhalation added to long list of oil & gas perils 8.7.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
In March 2014, 51-year-old Joe Ray Sherman, a driver for Now or Never Trucking of Greeley, Colorado, was at work, checking oil in a tank on an oil pad near Kersey, Colorado.
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Gardening with Deb: Poisonous plants of Routt County 1.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
• Hounds tongue (Cynoglossum) • Horsebrush (Tetradymia canescens) Some of the more common poisonous plants that grow naturally and are planted in landscapes in the Steamboat area include the following: • Death camas (Zigadenus spp.) is a grass-like perennial that grows from onion-like bulbs. It affects livestock early in the growing season because it is often the only green plant in a pasture. It causes human poisonings because people misidentify it as a wild onion. • Water hemlock (Cicuta douglasii) is one the most toxic plants in the world, and it commonly grows along waterways in and around Steamboat Springs. The roots are especially toxic (symptoms appear within minutes), and death occurs in livestock or people very rapidly if they eat the roots. Be very careful with this plant; don't allow it to grow in landscape settings. • Poison hemlock (Conium maculata) is another highly poisonous plant that was imported to North America. The toxin is a violent convulsant that affects the central nervous system. ...
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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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Theater shooting trial leads to concerns about mental illness, stigma 29.6.2015 Denver Post: Local
The Aurora theater gunman and his attorneys are fighting for a verdict of not guilty by reason of ...
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Monday Medical: Living well with diabetes 29.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming. But there can be a silver lining: properly managing the disease can lead to a fuller, healthier lifestyle. “Things that people are asked to do in terms of managing diabetes are the same things people should be doing in everyday life,” said Pam Wooster, registered dietician nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. Eating well and exercising — both of which are important to managing diabetes — have numerous benefits to health and wellbeing. And they can have other unexpected benefits — learning to make meals from scratch can lead to a love of cooking, while upping activity can result in newfound hobbies like hiking or yoga. What: 2015 Diabetes Exhibit When: Tuesday, June 30, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Free Movement Class at 4 p.m. Where: Yampa Valley Medical Center conference rooms, 1024 Central Park Drive Free admission and prizes including a Fitbit, gym memberships, cookbooks and more. At Yampa Valley Medical Center’s annual Diabetes Exhibit June 30, people ...
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Estes Park guides lead the very brave to bunks suspended from cliffs 20.6.2015 Denver Post: Business
Brett Bloxom and TJ Sanford typically deploy a tent-like tarp over their guests' beds before arrival. It has little to do with ...
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Covered with bugs? 13.6.2015 Durango Herald
Durango resident Joe Keleher was tortured with the sensation that he was covered with invisible, crawling insects, not just for a few minutes but constantly. It was affecting his work and his health, and he was running out of avenues for help.Enter “Diagnose Me,” a show on the Discovery Life Channel, which has the premise...
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Steamboat briefs: Private golf course to be on agenda for commission 9.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is set to consider two permits — a waterbody setback and a special use permit — associated with a planned private golf course at Windwalker Ranch. The golf course is set to include a suspension bridge over the Yampa River. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. Judicial district set to host marijuana symposium The 14th Judicial District Senate Bill 94 Program will host a marijuana symposium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The keynote speaker will be Sean LeNoue, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow and chief resident at Denver Health Medical Center. The symposium will cover the following topics: ■ The effects of marijuana on the body ■ The use and abuse of marijuana ■ Signs your teen may be using marijuana ■ Treatment for marijuana use. Parents and students are invited to attend. For more information, call Kelly Friesen at ...
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