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Coalition to hold virtual press conference in response to whistleblower complaint over Colorado Air Pollution Control Division

March 31, 2021
Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians, (303) 437-7663, jnichols@wildearthguardians.org
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#COCleanAir, #ClimateJustice
Denver—On Thursday, April 1st at noon MDT a coalition will hold a virtual press conference in response to a whistleblower complaint filed this week detailing illegal pollution permitting by the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division.

The groups also plan to share a list of demands for action to address the whistleblower complaint that they intend to file tomorrow with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser.

The Colorado Latino Forum, WildEarth Guardians, and other groups intend to offer short statements at the conference and to provide an opportunity for questions.

What: Virtual press conference responding to whistleblower complaint over illegal Air Pollution Control Division pollution permitting

When:  Thursday April 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM MDT

Where:  Online via zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88504944987?pwd=R2xRL0ZJN2I2bEhDTlhRRFEvQzdCUT09

On March 30, 2021, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a whistleblower complaint to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on behalf of several staff of the Air Pollution Control Division.

The whistleblowers provided e-mails and evidence that the agency and its Director had ordered that illegal air pollution permits be approved and ultimately directed staff to ignore evidence of air quality violations when reviewing permits.

Groups are now taking the call for action to Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Denver air pollution

High air pollution plagued Denver in March 2021.

Other Contact
Ean Thomas Tafoya, Colorado Latino Forum, (720) 621-8985, ean@clfdenver.org