Colorado issued an operating permit to Suncor refinery in northwest Denver last week after a 12-year delay.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the agency responsible for issuing the permit, blamed its failure to act for more than a decade on overly complex EPA regulations creating overly complex permitting processes.
The new operating permits require Suncor to ramp up air quality monitoring around its facility and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Critics say the permits, which increase limits on Suncor’s greenhouse gas emissions, are another example of the state’s failure to crack down on the oil and gas industry.
KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon spoke with Kate Merlin, an attorney for Wild Earth guardians about the permits and what the lack of regulation means for Colorado.