<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:04:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ozone alert for Front Range Friday, Saturday]]> http://gazette.com/ozone-alert-for-front-range-friday-saturday/article/1556594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ozone-alert-for-front-range-friday-saturday/article/1556594?custom_click=rss An Ozone Action Day Alert kicks in at 4 p.m. Friday, from El Paso County up to Larimer and Weld counties, as sunshine and calm winds return ozone concentrations to moderate to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.

The alert will remain in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, as issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council.

The air quality in Colorado Springs was good at 3:30 p.m. Friday, but it was moderate Thursday, while the Denver metro area had unhealthy air for sensitive people Thursday.

Updated ratings can be checked at www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx.

Ozone levels Saturday will be moderate in Colorado Springs and unhealthy in

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:47:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility]]> http://gazette.com/fluoride-debate-hits-colorados-largest-water-utility/article/1556549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fluoride-debate-hits-colorados-largest-water-utility/article/1556549?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.

The discussion at Denver Water, which serves about one out of five of Colorado's 5 million residents, comes as other utilities in the state and the country debate fluoridation.

In some cases, fluoridation opponents are pressuring them to do so, claiming that it damages teeth and bones, while the governor and his top medical official staunchly defended the process.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:50:33 -0600
<![CDATA[AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth]]> http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/1556501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/1556501?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

Brazilian officials have assured that the water

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:46:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge: Oil field work caused Weld County man's death]]> http://gazette.com/judge-oil-field-work-caused-weld-county-mans-death/article/1556495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-oil-field-work-caused-weld-county-mans-death/article/1556495?custom_click=rss LOVELAND — A judge's decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry.

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of "tank gauging," the practice of measuring oil levels after opening a tank hatch, The Denver Post reported Wednesday (http://dpo.st/1OOpmZJ).

In the Weld County case, a 59-year-old truck driver died after he inhaled a mix of deadly hydrocarbon chemicals.

He was among nine oil field workers who died in the past five years while working at crude oil production tanks and measuring the level of oil or other byproducts in tanks.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:25:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities working on plans for future of Drake power plant]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-working-on-plans-for-future-of-drake-power-plant/article/1556261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-working-on-plans-for-future-of-drake-power-plant/article/1556261?custom_click=rss

Whether you want the Martin Drake Power Plant closed or prefer continued coal burning, Colorado Springs Utilities has a plan for you.

The staff has produced nine possible portfolios for its Electric Integrated Resource Plan, winnowed from 87 scenarios first envisioned.

Each option would provide a different mix of power sources, with Drake's coal constituting from 37 percent to 15 percent of the mix, depending on which EIRP is selected. Natural gas remains the primary source in all the scenarios, ranging from 52 percent to 38 percent.

The public is invited to weigh in on these options at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:11:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice]]> http://gazette.com/conditions-on-pluto-incredibly-hazy-with-flowing-ice/article/1556215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conditions-on-pluto-incredibly-hazy-with-flowing-ice/article/1556215?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.

The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world.

Scientists say layers of haze stretch 100 miles (160 kilometers) into the atmosphere, much higher than anticipated. All this haze is believed to account for Pluto's reddish color.

As for the incredible ice flows, they appear to be relatively recent: just a few tens of millions of years. Temperatures are minus 380 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 229 Celsius), and so water ice would not move anywhere in such extreme cold.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:48:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawsuit against El Paso County wind farm project to continue]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-against-el-paso-county-wind-farm-project-to-continue/article/1556041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-against-el-paso-county-wind-farm-project-to-continue/article/1556041?custom_click=rss

A lawsuit seeking to dismantle a wind farm project in eastern El Paso County will proceed despite objections from both El Paso County and the wind farm's owner, NextEra Energy Resources.

But while the county will have to defend its February approval of the wind farm, attorneys will also fight a separate claim that the county's 15-hour hearing on the project was a farce and that the vote was predetermined based on pressure from NextEra.

The claims were lobbied against the commissioners by the El Paso County Property Rights Coalition, the group responsible for the lawsuit, after the approval of the wind farm outraged residents who fear that their property rights and personal health will suffer.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:10:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado virtually drought-free after several thirsty years, report shows]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-virtually-drought-free-after-several-thirsty-years-report-shows/article/1555713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-virtually-drought-free-after-several-thirsty-years-report-shows/article/1555713?custom_click=rss A federal drought report released Thursday shows Colorado is nearly free of the thirst that has affected the state — particularly the Western Slope and southeastern counties — for years.

Only about 2 percent of the state, limited to the extreme northwest and southwest corners, is still under a designation of "abnormally dry." Last week, 25 percent of Colorado, limited to the Western Slope, was under that category.

Three months ago, 75 percent of the state was listed as being under drought.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:56:50 -0600