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Response to State SO2 Designation ATTN: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0464

350 Colorado

Please add your name in support of this request for EPA to change its designation of Colorado Springs regarding the National Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the downtown Martin Drake coal plant, from ‘unclassifiable’ to ‘nonattainment’ to protect the residents and visitors of this second largest urban area and highly visited tourist area in Colorado.

We look to the EPA to:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of people and the environment over the convenience of industry and government regulators,
  • Avoid playing politics with matters of public health and safety, particularly when low income and minority populations are disproportionately affected,
  • Promote the transparency of information from our government regulators, and 
  • Defer to the best available scientific data collected, not the conjecture and inadequate presentation made on this topic by Colorado Department of Health & the Environment (CDPHE).

A designation of non-attainment for SO2 is the only way to allow for swift and necessary action to stop harmful SO2 emissions, and provide sufficient oversight to protect public health to ensure the air we breathe is safe.

The full text of the letter can be found below--send it as it is or modify it for your own message.

Sign & send the letter below.

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Response to State SO2 Designation ATTN: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0464

350 Colorado

Please add your name in support of this request for EPA to change its designation of Colorado Springs regarding the National Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the downtown Martin Drake coal plant, from ‘unclassifiable’ to ‘nonattainment’ to protect the residents and visitors of this second largest urban area and highly visited tourist area in Colorado.

We look to the EPA to:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of people and the environment over the convenience of industry and government regulators,
  • Avoid playing politics with matters of public health and safety, particularly when low income and minority populations are disproportionately affected,
  • Promote the transparency of information from our government regulators, and 
  • Defer to the best available scientific data collected, not the conjecture and inadequate presentation made on this topic by Colorado Department of Health & the Environment (CDPHE).

A designation of non-attainment for SO2 is the only way to allow for swift and necessary action to stop harmful SO2 emissions, and provide sufficient oversight to protect public health to ensure the air we breathe is safe.

The full text of the letter can be found below--send it as it is or modify it for your own message.

Sign & send the letter below.