Recently, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (“APCD”) announced that it is bringing the Suncor Refinery’s outdated operating permits up for renewal.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

Any renewal of Suncor’s outdated permits must ensure that Suncor is: 

  1. Providing effective monitoring of the toxics it releases to be paid for by Suncor, and include community-based monitoring;
  2. Adequately maintain records of all of Suncor’s monitoring activities and violations and make those documents readily accessible and understandable to the public;
  3. Enhance reporting requirements not just to the CDPHE and EPA, but also to local residents who are impacted by Suncor’s emissions consistent with recently enacted state legislation providing for reverse 911 notifications as mandated by HB20-1265; and
  4. Denial of the permit due to multiple violations or at a minimum tighter regulation of Suncor’s permits consistent with HB20-1261 with greater enforcement.

This disregard for public health and safety is no longer acceptable, we need a just transition for Suncor and the surrounding community now! Once we have information on submitting a formal public comment, we will add it below.

Here is how you can take action:

  1. Submit comments on the draft permit here by March 19! Any interested person may submit written comments to the Division we recommend requesting the permit be denied for noncompliance. Find talking points here
  2. Watch & share this video with your networks on social media and encourage them to take action! Watch & share on Facebook OR on YouTube. Sample social media posts can be found here!
  3. 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! 
  4. Call the decision-makers and ask them to take action on Suncor’s permit renewal.  Talking Points are here.  Phone numbers are below:APCD:  303-692-3100Gov. Polis:  303-866-2885Rep. DeGette:   303-844-4988Rep. Perlmutter:  303-274-7944Benjamin Huseman, Mayor of commerce City:  417-770-4019
  5. Learn More & Skill Up: Listen to our training on Making Your Voice Heard – Public Comment Training Session

Want more training and tips on how to make your voice heard? In January, 2021 350 CO hosted a bi-lingual training focused on skill-building around offering effective comment in upcoming hearings.

Click here for the training video: Make Your Voice Heard – Public Comment Training Session

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