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Cotter Corporation stopped polluting Ralston Creek

When we discovered that Cotter Corporation’s uranium processing plant was dumping toxic chemicals into Ralston Creek – a source of drinking water for 1.5 million Coloradans – we helped win a law requiring companies like Cotter to clean up their act or close their doors. In 2011, the company announced that it will stop processing uranium at its mill in Canon City, much to the relief of local residents and activist groups who’d been fighting to protect their families from toxic runoff.

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Dirty coal plants to close or convert

Two of Colorado's oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power plants will close or convert to cleaner energy sources, keeping 70,000 pounds of toxic emissions out of the air. The victory came in 2011 after our staff, supporters and allies urged the Public Utilities Commission not to let polluters derail our Clean Air, Clean Jobs plan.

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30% Renewable Energy by 2020

Colorado will get 30% of its energy from clean, renewable sources by 2020 thanks to a bill that Environment Colorado helped write and pass in 2010. Our report, “Investing in the Sun,” showed that producing 1,000 megawatts of clean energy would cut as much global warming pollution as taking 670 million cars off the road, and would create more than 23,000 local jobs.

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EPA announces plan to restore water protections.

After thousands of members of Environment Colorado and our sister organizations urged the EPA to act, Administrator Jackson announced a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections. We’ve since delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water protections. We need your help to make sure the public’s voice is heard above the din of corporate lobbyists and special interests. 

Result

Clean Air, Clean Jobs bill becomes law

In 2010, we took a giant step toward replacing dirty, coal-fired power plants with cleaner sources of energy when then-Gov. Ritter signed the Clean Air, Clean Jobs bill into law. We helped write the bill and forget the agreement, which will help keep the Brown Cloud away from the Front Range and bring tangible health benefits to millions of Coloradans.

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