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Colorado still needs stronger rules to protect clean air from oil and gas development

Amy Mall

Posted October 31, 2013 in Health and the Environment

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Back in August I blogged that Colorado was delaying consideration of important new clean air rules needed to rein in dangerous ozone being generated by oil and gas polluters. These rules are important because U.S. EPA has designated nine Colorado counties in violation of federal air pollution standards.

The latest good news is that the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is expected to issue draft rules next week. But the bad news is that these draft rules will apparently be too weak to truly protect air quality, human health, and the climate from the harms of oil and gas production.

There is still time for Coloradans to write to the Governor to ask for rules that require the best available technology and are as strong as possible to protect the environment. Our local partner Conservation Colorado has made it easy for anyone to send a letter from this link.

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Michael BerndtsonNov 1 2013 09:43 AM

The brochure on near surface ozone you linked is one of the best "lot's of science, health and engineering distilled down on one page" I've ever seen. Who ever prepared it should be commended. If it was a Coloradan who went to CC or CU forget everything I said.

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