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Air pollution: Suncor fined $10.5 million by the state of Colorado

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Feb6,2024

Pollution Air: Suncor fined $10.5 million by the state of Colorado

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The Commerce City, Colorado refinery notably exceeded emissions standards for sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.

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Canadian oil company Suncor will have to pay a $10.5 million fine to Colorado because its Commerce City refinery, near Denver, exceeded US state air pollution standards between 2019 and 2021.

Suncor notably exceeded the emission standards for sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, as well as the concentration limits for sulfur dioxide hydrogen.

In a press release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said this was the largest penalty financial award given to only one installation in state history.

The majority of the amount will go to projects that Suncor must carry out to minimize excessive air pollution. About $1.3 million will go to communities participating in the state's Environmental Justice Grant Program.

Communities who live and work near Suncor have suffered the unfair consequences of air pollution from the refinery's permit violations for too long, the department's health and environmental protection director wrote. Trisha Oeth.

The oil company will also have to double the number of air quality monitoring stations near its installations.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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