<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:25:40 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Timeline: History of contamination in the military in Colorado Springs and the U.S.]]> http://gazette.com/timeline-history-of-contamination-in-the-military-in-colorado-springs-and-the-u.s./article/1588447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/timeline-history-of-contamination-in-the-military-in-colorado-springs-and-the-u.s./article/1588447?custom_click=rss 1947: Perfluorinated compounds are produced at a 3M plant in Cottage Grove, Minn.

1962: DuPont issues an internal memo raising health concerns.

1967: The Naval Research Laboratory patents Aqueous Film-Forming Foam to fight shipboard fires. "This firefighting foam is now used on all U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and by major airports, refineries, and other areas where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur," the lab says on its website.

About 1970: The Navy's foam is adopted by the Air Force for airfield use, replacing earlier foams that were less effective but nontoxic.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:40:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Industry: Obama unraveling rule of law with Dakota Access stoppage]]> http://gazette.com/industry-obama-unraveling-rule-of-law-with-dakota-access-stoppage/article/1588307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/industry-obama-unraveling-rule-of-law-with-dakota-access-stoppage/article/1588307?custom_click=rss

The Obama administration may be unraveling the very fabric of U.S. democracy by holding up the approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline after a federal court said it could move ahead, a coalition of diverse industry groups said in a letter sent Thursday night to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other federal agency officials.

"We write to express our deep concerns over recent actions that took place in North Dakota to effectively ignore the rule of law in an attempt to halt infrastructure development," the letter reads, reminding Lynch that "one of our nation's founding fathers, John Adams, once wrote that the United States is a 'government of laws, and not of men.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:51:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis]]> http://gazette.com/watchdog-epa-delayed-for-7-months-in-flint-water-crisis/article/1588245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watchdog-epa-delayed-for-7-months-in-flint-water-crisis/article/1588245?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog says the EPA had the authority and enough information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency.

Inspector General Arthur Elkins says the Flint crisis should have generated "a greater sense of urgency" at the EPA to "intervene when the safety of drinking water is compromised."

Flint's drinking water became tainted when the city began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The impoverished city of 100,000 north of Detroit was under state control at the time.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:54:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Scientists are racing to study Antarctica's most threatened glacier - before it melts away]]> http://gazette.com/scientists-are-racing-to-study-antarcticas-most-threatened-glacier-before-it-melts-away/article/1588247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientists-are-racing-to-study-antarcticas-most-threatened-glacier-before-it-melts-away/article/1588247?custom_click=rss

U.S. and British science agencies Thursday announced a multi-million dollar research mission to study an enormous and remote Antarctic glacier that is already showing accelerating ice loss and could trigger a major rise in sea levels before the end of the century.

The move reflects the growing sense of urgency around the world about understanding one of the biggest consequences of a warming globe--the melting of polar ice and its impact on the oceans.

The glacier in question, named Thwaites, acts as a kind of lynchpin to the West Antarctic ice sheet.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:09:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base discovers discharge of water with toxic firefighting chemicals]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-discovers-discharge-of-water-with-toxic-firefighting-chemicals/article/1588067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-discovers-discharge-of-water-with-toxic-firefighting-chemicals/article/1588067?custom_click=rss

More than 150,000 gallons of water tainted with toxic Air Force firefighting chemicals was released into the Colorado Springs Utilities sewer system last week, Peterson Air Force Base confirmed Tuesday.

The release came from a holding tank that was designed to corral the firefighting chemicals at a Peterson training area.

The base's use of the firefighting foam containing the chemical is a key suspect in the contamination of wells in Security, Widefield and Fountain that left thousands of residents scrambling for bottled water.

The release last week posed no threat to Colorado Springs drinking water.

The base said the release was discovered Oct. 12.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:24:07 -0600
<![CDATA[State approves Greeley drilling, upsetting some neighbors]]> http://gazette.com/state-approves-greeley-drilling-upsetting-some-neighbors/article/1588062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-approves-greeley-drilling-upsetting-some-neighbors/article/1588062?custom_click=rss

GREELEY — Some Colorado residents are unhappy after the state approved oil and gas drilling on a Greeley plot.

The Greeley Tribune reports that staff at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved a permit by Extraction Oil and Gas on Friday. It will allow the company to drill 22 oil and gas wells on land surrounded by neighborhoods in west Greeley.

The permit gives the controversial Triple Creek project the go-ahead after a delay of several months.

Triple Creek was the first large-scale project approved under new state rules meant to protect residents from encroaching oil and gas development. Neighbors say now that the regulations don't seem to be working.

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:17:13 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Best in land conservation honored by Palmer Land Trust]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-best-in-land-conservation-honored-by-palmer-land-trust/article/1587687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-best-in-land-conservation-honored-by-palmer-land-trust/article/1587687?custom_click=rss

They're saving the land and the ranches for the generations still to come.

That said, the Palmer Land Trust celebrated the best in southern Colorado land conservation with a farm-to-table Callicrate beef dinner Sept. 28 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. In the evening's video, former Sen. Ken Salazar quoted a Native American proverb: "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children"

Land Trust board member Jody McCoy addressed a festivelike-minded audience, "I believe conservation is pivotal to our lifestyle in Colorado."

Delighting the 325 guests were tuxedo-clad students from Galileo School of Math and Science, whose classy attire had been provided by a donor.

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]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. declines prosecution of government worker in Colorado mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-declines-prosecution-of-government-worker-in-colorado-mine-spill/article/1587683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-declines-prosecution-of-government-worker-in-colorado-mine-spill/article/1587683?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Federal investigators say the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado has declined to prosecute an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General said Wednesday that it found evidence the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements.

However, office spokesman Jeffrey Lagda says federal prosecutors have declined to pursue the case. He says that in lieu of prosecution, the case will be sent to senior EPA management for their review.

An EPA-led cleanup team inadvertently triggered the Aug. 5, 2015, spill while doing work at the Gold King mine. The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:07:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Avalanche educators grapple with social media impact]]> http://gazette.com/avalanche-educators-grapple-with-social-media-impact/article/1587649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avalanche-educators-grapple-with-social-media-impact/article/1587649?custom_click=rss BRECKENRIDGE — Emery Rheam's video showed teenagers spinning backflips into deep powder blanketing an avalanche starting zone on Teton Pass in Wyoming.

The thousand people watching in the Breckenridge conference center — snow scientists and guides gathered for the annual International Snow Science Workshop — winced, shook their heads and grumbled.

Those kids, Rheam said, raced down the slope and posted their exploits online, feeding a game of one-upmanship that puts them in competition not just with each other, but the entire internet. It's a scenario that plays out on social feeds, but has real-life consequences that worry avalanche forecasters and educators.

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:47:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Once just a cabin, now an emblem in debate over wind energy]]> http://gazette.com/once-just-a-cabin-now-an-emblem-in-debate-over-wind-energy/article/1587637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-just-a-cabin-now-an-emblem-in-debate-over-wind-energy/article/1587637?custom_click=rss

SHEFFIELD, Vt. — Once it was just another cabin on a Vermont hillside. Now it's an emblem in the debate over noise from the growing wind energy industry.

Studies have repeatedly found no evidence connecting noise from wind power turbines to human health problems. But critics question the soundness of those studies. Among them are Steve and Luann Therrien, who say a wind farm near their home made their lives hell.

The case has created a fissure among environmentalists in this liberal state with a reputation for green thinking, pitting those who see wind energy as key to reducing reliance on pollution-spewing fossil fuels against those convinced audible noises and inaudible "infrasound" present health threats to those

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:29:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Controversial quarry project near Colorado Springs receives boost from state]]> http://gazette.com/controversial-quarry-project-near-colorado-springs-receives-boost-from-state/article/1587470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/controversial-quarry-project-near-colorado-springs-receives-boost-from-state/article/1587470?custom_click=rss

A proposed granite quarry near Colorado Springs that has drawn an army of opposition is closer to becoming a reality.

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety's recommendation to approve the permit for Transit Mix Concrete's project paved the way for a hearing before the state's Mined Land Reclamation Board, which will make an official decision concerning the permit for the Hitch Rack Quarry.

Both are milestones in a complex process that will - if the project stays on track - eventually include the El Paso County Planning Department and the El Paso County commissioners. County spokesman Dave Rose said the sequence could drag well into 2017 before a final decision is made.

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:29:50 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Volcano in Japan erupts, generates plumes nearly 7 miles high]]> http://gazette.com/video-volcano-in-japan-erupts-generatesplumes-nearly-7-miles-high/article/1587353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-volcano-in-japan-erupts-generatesplumes-nearly-7-miles-high/article/1587353?custom_click=rss

TOKYO — Mount Aso in southern Japan sent huge plumes of gray smoke as high as 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) into the air on Saturday in one of the volcano's biggest explosions in years.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the explosion in the early hours of Saturday also blew off bits of volcanic rock and ash and raised the alert level for the area, extending the entry ban from just around the volcanic mouth to the mountain itself.

Footage on Japan's NHK public television showed orange flames flickering from several locations on the mountaintop as the volcano emitted thick gray smoke billowing into the sky.

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 20:47:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Attorneys in Widefield water lawsuit want state to pay for blood tests]]> http://gazette.com/attorneys-in-widefield-water-lawsuit-want-state-to-pay-for-blood-tests/article/1587153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorneys-in-widefield-water-lawsuit-want-state-to-pay-for-blood-tests/article/1587153?custom_click=rss

Several residents in the Security, Widefield and Fountain communities last month sued the manufacturers of a toxic chemical fouling their drinking water - each seeking expensive blood tests for themselves and their neighbors.

Now, the attorneys for those residents want the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to create and fund its own blood testing program, and quick.

"We think it's a public health problem," said Mike McDivitt, an attorney.

The call for a state-run blood testing program comes as the litigants gear up for a lengthy court battle against the companies that made and sold firefighting foam suspected of contaminating the drinking water of thousands of people across southern El Paso County.

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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:24:49 -0600