Whistleblowers: Colorado air quality staff told to disregard data for permit approvals

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“Three whistleblowers within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) alleged this week that supervisors ordered staff to knowingly break the law by stopping some air pollution modeling and falsifying data.

“The standards that are set in place for the amount of emissions that are allowed to be in the air are there to protect public health,” said Kevin Bell, staff counsel for Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility. “They cause respiratory damage, they can cause chronic ongoing lung problems in the event there are high concentrations.””

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