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Briefing - Commerce City Oil Refinery - Shared screen with speaker view
Pearlanne Zelarney
40:00
Welcome! Please enter any and all questions you might have here and I will present them to our speakers at the end.
Rich McClintock
40:30
Rich McClintock - guest from the First Unitarian Society of Denver Climate Justice Circle
stacie j
40:35
Stacie Johnson - Boulder County League
Pearlanne Zelarney
43:19
Welcome Stacie!
Pearlanne Zelarney
49:44
Welcome, Rich!
Andrea Mitchell (she/her)
58:44
Who/what provides the funding for EarthJustice?
Rich McClintock
01:05:09
Mostly funded by small donors and foundations as well as legal fees from litigation. Earthjustice is a 501(c)3 like the LWV Ed Fund. https://earthjustice.org/financial-statements
Andrea Mitchell (she/her)
01:05:25
Thanks, Rich.
Rep. Alex Valdez
01:06:42
https://www.cpr.org/2022/02/15/state-regulators-move-to-approve-a-new-permit-for-suncors-commerce-city-refinery/
Marty
01:09:17
Why has the EPA not set limits on Air Toxics?
Kathy Yates
01:18:08
Does Colorado think its hands are tied, or is it a way to escape the increased costs that will come with additional regulation. Is it possible that Colorado with an economy tied to oil and gas, as well as other business like that hospital sterilization facility, are concerned these enterprises will perhaps want to go elsewhere?
Marty
01:18:52
Do you have bipartisan support for these bills?
Kathy Yates
01:19:29
I also hear about the impact of "aroma" pollution. I am not clear if particulates are a part of that, but that smell alone can be detrimental
Andrea Mitchell (she/her)
01:20:03
Please explain the permitting process more? What leverage does the legislature have? Who else has influence?
Betsy Daniel & Wendy Folger
01:20:56
I’m with 350 Colorado; what is the most useful thing we can do in 2022?
Katie Brenn Denver
01:25:53
Jobs are important. The medical sterilizing company is likely an important employer. Is it possible to sterilize med equipment without polluting? Is it possible to refine oil without polluting? What is the hit on jobs?
Susan Stark LWVD (she/her)
01:32:11
Are our Front Range air patterns contributing to the problems? Air inversions and heat domes?
Betsy Daniel & Wendy Folger
01:32:28
Good to hear!!
Marty
01:34:23
The League has strong positions on air and water pollution. What can we do?
Rep. Alex Valdez
01:37:43
I’m sorry I have to go. Thank you for having me!!
Rep. Alex Valdez
01:37:56
My email is repvaldez@gmail.com
Becca Curry (Earthjustice)
01:39:02
For the Air Toxics Bill this year, here is the coalition’s fact sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14kLqYjsNreSxDAJXHQpHEjhIJB9DYg9DIrREas7gx2o/edit?usp=sharingAnd here is the FAQ doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EzrF6ziMFnoVyA5d_w2rYiBsI6EPhrnvDEhkjJTYyZ8/edit?usp=sharing
Becca Curry (Earthjustice)
01:39:31
rcurry@earthjustice.com
Becca Curry (Earthjustice)
01:39:46
rcurry@eartjustice.ORG sorry
Katie Brenn Denver
01:42:03
becca, can you tell us what Den Reps and Send are signed on to the bills
Becca Curry (Earthjustice)
01:42:42
Yes! for the air toxics bill, it will be Reps Kennedy and Gonzales-Gutierrez, as well as Sen Gonzales