Until 5 p.m. today, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public listening session in Denver to "solicit ideas and input...about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants." The folks at Environment Colorado, who recently released a report ab ... More >>
At this hour, Environment Colorado is issuing "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," an eye-opening report (see it below) that includes the organization's picks for the one-hundred most-polluting facilities in the country -- and two from Colorado make the less-than-proud cut. An Environment Colorado rep ... More >>
Some things about Colorado just don't change. But while the state has been the country's leanest, meanest anti-obesity machinefor years, it's struggled with, lived under and remain concerned about the brown cloud even longer. But this morning, Governor John Hickenlooper shared news that the State Im ... More >>
Despite concerns raised by the EPA and alarms sounded in a state report, Colorado officials are moving forward with a plan to divert more water from the Upper Colorado River to the Front Range -- which is why anglers, rafters, tourism interests and others will be rallying in protest on the we ... More >>
In the next few weeks, federal regulators will decide whether the Upper Colorado River needs additional protections in the face of growing demands from thirsty Front Range towns. Which is why hikers, rafters, anglers, and people interested in the economic future of Grand County will be gathering out ... More >>
Encana WY drill rig. In a telephone conference with journalists this morning, officials of the Canadian energy giant Encana sharply disputed an EPA draft report that linked the company's gas drilling operations in Wyoming to contamination of residents' drinking water, calling the report badly ... More >>
Colorado oil pads.The release of an EPA report detailing suspected groundwater contamination from gas drilling operations in Wyoming comes just as Colorado is weighing tougher restrictions and wider disclosures about the hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" process -- and may serve as Exhibit A ... More >>
You know what ozone is up high -- but what about the stuff down on your level? If you're worried about the state's air quality, take a deep breath (today's levels are safe), and read on. "Denver has struggled with ozone levels for thirty years, and the fight isn't over yet," in this week's p ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper has walked a taut tightrope on energy issues since taking office, pushing for more natural gas drilling in a state already leading the region in drilling starts, while at the same time nudging the industry toward greater disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic ... More >>
Gas well pads.A bill that sought to increase the reporting process for water-quality complaints related to oil and gas drilling in Colorado died quietly at the statehouse yesterday, with Republican lawmakers insisting that the industry's use of hydraulic fracturing fluids, or "fracking," pose ... More >>
Toxic green, but no pesticide.Crocs, the Niwot-based maker of brightly hued, comfy-ugly clown shoes, has had more than its share of PR disasters, from the hysterical reports of Crocs-shod kids getting toes nipped in escalators to the savage reviews from fashionistas to a wacky endorsement fr ... More >>
Xcel's coal-fired Comanche plant.Xcel's evolving proposal to retire several aged coal-fired power plants to comply with a tough new Colorado law has been hailed as bold and innovative. But similar plans may soon be cropping up around the country as utilities face a new round of federal antipo ... More >>
That's the news from Site Selection, a magazine with the corporatey mission of providing "corporate real estate strategy and area economic development."The Denver-Aurora area ranked third behind San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (1) and and Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro areas as best locatio ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments... click image to enlarge Figure 31. Overland: Spaced out fairies, hobbits and zombies Due to geography and street design, Overland is the south-central neighborhood that everyone drives through but no one ever sees. Its long history of in ... More >>
Xcel’s solution to rising energy prices includes a lot of coal. Is that a bad thing?
From the week of August 11, 2005
Digging up dirt on Denver.
Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor's Center
Can't You Hear the Whistle Blowing?
Colorado's legacy of contamination spreads far and wide.
Old mines are polluting the water, but this mountain town doesn't want to get shafted by the EPA.
When a boardmember refused to go with the flow, Metro's plan to handle Lowry wastewater got down and dirty.
Who paid what to clean up Lowry Landfill? That's confidential.
The city thought it had settled any questions about the Lowry Landfill. The truth is a toxic shocker.
The debate over open-pit mining turns toxic.
Bon Carbo residents are still fighting for their right to clean water.
Glendale gets a lesson in the politics of pollution.
Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.
Some residents say the Rocky Mountain Arsenal still isn't clean enough to polish Commerce City's image.
EPA scientist Brian Rimar just wanted to keep doing research, but his agency found him too toxic.
The EPA blew this job -- but Colorado towns will pay the price to clean up the mess.
The state's global-warming forums are canceled after foes show up en masse.
Activist Adrienne Anderson stirs up the sewage board with a warning on plutonium.
Coach McCartney got into bed with one of Denver's biggest polluters, but Pillow Kingdom's neighbors are proving to be a tougher sell.
The EPA messes with a widow over a Commerce City warehouse and winds up making its own mess.
A private investigator tracks a toxic trail through Arvada.
How the people of Overland Park were forced to live next door to a radioactive "monolith"-- by the Environmental Protection Agency.
SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS FROLIC AMONG HAZARDOUS WASTE AT EPA CLEANUP SITE.
TWO ROCKY FLATS WATCHDOG GROUPS BLOW UP AT EACH OTHER.