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Healthier Coloradans

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, and it is too often found in dangerous amounts in our fish. Eating too much fish from contaminated local sources puts everyone, especially children and pregnant women, at risk. Our summary of the health risks associated with mercury and the number of state and nation-wide advisories for lakes and rivers helped to motivate Colorado power plants to slash their mercury emissions by 90 percent over the next decade, and has helped to put us on track to start retiring coal plants in the Denver-metro region.

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We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.

More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans. 

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Better buildings

Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center has found that the next major step we can take to significantly curb the amount of energy we use is right at our doorstep. Over 40 percent of our energy goes toward powering America’s buildings. According to our report, “Building Better,” we can cut that in half by 2050 if we take steps to require higher levels of energy efficiency from new buildings and ensure we are doing all we can to encourage retrofitting and weatherizing our existing ones.

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Report | Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center

Global Warming and Extreme Weather

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Extreme weather events lead to billions of dollars in economic damage and loss of life each year. Scientists project that global warming could affect the frequency, timing, location and severity of many types of extreme weather events in the decades to come.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

New Report Data: Colorado Keeping Ahead of EPA on Mercury Pollution

A Colorado plan up for final approval in the state legislature will cut the state’s mercury emissions 10% according to data in the new Environment Colorado report Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury.  The state’s plan, to phase out several old coal-burning plants, is completed only months before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a standard by March to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants nationwide.

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