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We stood up for Colorado’s open spaces

Timely activism by our staff and members in 2011 helped save parts of the South Park Basin from being auctioned off for development, protected St. Vrain from drilling, and demonstrated broad support for new wilderness protections for Dolores Canyon and other special places.

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No toxic mining near the Grand Canyon

One million acres of land on the Grand Canyon’s borders are off-limits to new uranium mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law – thanks in part to Environment Colorado. Together with our national federation, we helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, lobbied on Capitol Hill and released research that helped convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect the Grand Canyon from new toxic mining claims.

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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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