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Letter to the Editor: Thanks EPA!

Posted 7/31/18

When I used to visit Colorado in the 1960’s and ‘70s, you could hardly see the mountains from Denver because of the brown cloud. By 1985 it was so much better! You could see the mountains most of …

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks EPA!

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When I used to visit Colorado in the 1960’s and ‘70s, you could hardly see the mountains from Denver because of the brown cloud. By 1985 it was so much better! You could see the mountains most of the time, even in the winter. This was mainly due to the improved air emissions standards.

Thanks, EPA!

Unfortunately, the current government seems to be going backwards by eliminating clean air controls. And with more and more people moving here, air pollution will get much worse again unless we do something to prevent that. I am writing to urge support in Colorado for Governor Hickenlooper’s low emission vehicle goals for addressing climate change and air pollution.

Federal rollback could increase carbon emissions in Colorado by 4.5 million tons per year. Smog-causing pollutants would increase by about 15 percent, raising ozone and darkening the brown cloud. For the 343,000 people with asthma in Colorado, more air pollution means more wheezing, risk of infection, and permanent lung damage.

The 2012 standards were to double fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks by 2025 — but the current administration plans to roll them back. The average Colorado household would have seen $2,700 in savings by 2030 — but these savings won’t happen unless we adopts the Advanced Clean Car standards.

The Air Quality Control Commission is hearing testimony and collecting public comments regarding the Low Emission Vehicles rule, with the option to add Zero Emissions Vehicles. Please let the governor and the AQCC know Coloradoans support this proposal! see www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/aqcc

Jeri Sampson,
Arvada

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