This Week in the Environment – Health Assessments, Grants, and Free Bus Rides

Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer discusses the challenges of assessing the health risks of fracking

Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, points out the caveats in data that assesses health incidences near fracking sites and the need for more thorough research. Current analysis done by oil and gas companies, the Clean Air Task Force and Colorado State University have conflicting results that show an increase in health risks in some industry rich areas, and no change in others.

The EPA awards Colorado grants to help aid in Gold King Mine spill clean-up efforts

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Colorado $260,000 in grant money to help cleanup efforts in the state. The grant will be distributed to six different groups including the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, City of Durango and San Juan County. The initial Gold King Mine spill on Aug. 5, 2015 was caused by an EPA lead crew.

Boulder to Host Bus to Work Day as part of community sustainability goals

Boulder will host its first Bus to Work Day on Oct. 5 in order to promote public transportation as part of the community’s sustainability and climate change mitigation goals. Bus rides will be free on the day of the event with prizes, food and drink offered at various stops. A full schedule and more information can be found here.



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