Colorado’s air quality enforcers ordered staff to relax measuring of pollution, state whistleblowers allege

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“Colorado officials responsible for controlling air pollution this month ordered employees to stop measuring surges of harmful sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates, according to a whistleblower complaint filed Tuesday alleging a culture of approving permits for industrial polluters “at all costs” that sacrifices public health.

Among the allegations in the complaint filed by the Maryland-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on behalf of the three state employees: managers told a Colorado health department modeler to falsify data from a Teller County gold mine “to ensure that no modeled violation would be reported.””

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