Recently, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (“APCD”) announced that it is bringing the Suncor Refinery’s outdated operating permits up for renewal.

Suncor, which sits just north of Denver in Commerce City, is required to obtain a Title V operating permit, as a major source polluter.  Title V of the Clean Air Act requires major sources of air pollutants to obtain an operating permit, operate in compliance with that permit, and certify at least annually their compliance with permit requirements.  Suncor has a history of violating its permits and contaminating the air and water in and around the Denver Metro Area, affecting public health and safety.

Please join us in telling the APCD to deny Suncor’s permit renewal due to multiple violations, or, at a minimum, to reduce permitted emission limits, impose tighter regulation of Suncor’s permits through continuous monitoring and strengthened enforcement, and support the surrounding impacted communities and workers through a just transition while phasing out operation of this highly polluting relic of the fossil fuel era.

This disregard for public health and safety is no longer acceptable.

Here is how you can take action:

  1. Send a letter to the APCD, Gov. Polis, Rep. DeGette, Rep. Perlmutter, and the Commerce City Council and Mayor, demanding action to curb Suncor’s reckless behavior.  Click here to send your letter! 
  2. Call the decision-makers and ask them to take action on Suncor’s permit renewal.  Talking Points are here.  Phone numbers are below:APCD:  303-692-3100

    Gov. Polis:  303-866-2885

    Rep. DeGette:   303-844-4988

    Rep. Perlmutter:  303-274-7944

    Benjamin Huseman, Mayor of commerce City:  417-770-4019

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