Colorado launching independent investigation into claims state pollution officials unlawfully issued permits, falsified data

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“Colorado’s attorney general is launching an independent investigation of whistleblower allegations within the state’s health department that officials responsible for controlling air pollution ordered employees to stop measuring surges of harmful sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates at industrial sites.

Attorneys for the Maryland-based group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed the complaint on behalf of the three employees. They said the Air Pollution Control Division’s violation of the Clean Air Act is “contributing directly to chronic health problems, premature deaths and severe injury to the environment by permitting ever more dangerous emissions.””

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