South of Colorado Springs, at Fountain Valley Regional Park, scientists from the state well being division earlier this month pulled fish out of Willow Springs Ponds, sliced into them and carved out fillets — not for a tasty barbecue, however to be scanned with a mass spectrometer to measure how contaminated they’re by so-called “without end chemical compounds.”
The presence of poisonous PFAS chemical compounds, which don’t simply degrade, in groundwater at a number of places alongside the Entrance Vary is of rising concern to Colorado’s public well being leaders, they usually’re now taking extra aggressive steps to counter this environmental degradation.
That features making an attempt to get a deal with on PFAS ranges in fish, during which concentrations of the chemical compounds can accumulate at ranges as much as 10,000 occasions greater than in groundwater. In Michigan, state officers warned residents to restrict their consumption of fish after heavy contamination was detected. Colorado officers could do the identical.
Right this moment, Denver Publish setting reporter Bruce Finley takes a more in-depth take a look at what the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting is doing to deal with PFAS contamination, which is commonly tied to firefighting foam used at airports, navy installations and refineries just like the Suncor Power facility north of Denver.
“We are literally leaping previous the setting of requirements into how we make sure that we all know the place it’s, intercept it, and keep away from it being launched into the setting,” stated John Putnam, setting applications director for the state well being division.
It’s a tall order. These chemical compounds have been round for many years, in issues like fast-food wrappers, nonstick coatings in households, stain-resistant leisure gear, even dental floss. However Colorado’s well being leaders say they’re making efforts to cope with PFAS chemical compounds a high state precedence.
— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Publish
Colorado testing fish in new push to forestall well being hurt from poisonous “without end chemical compounds”
Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostKelsey Barton, a threat assessor on the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting, takes notes at Fountain Creek Regional Park south of Colorado Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. She and a colleague minimize tissue samples from fish to be examined for the PFAS “without end chemical compounds” that may construct up at poisonous ranges.
5 don’t-miss tales from final week
First spherical of $300 Misplaced Wages Help funds headed to Coloradans
Screenshot of Colorado’s unemployment web site.
After every week dogged by tech glitches, Colorado’s unemployment officers despatched the primary batch of Misplaced Wages Help program funds out Thursday.
By the tip of September, a whole lot of hundreds of individuals ought to obtain the long-awaited unemployment increase, officers stated.
This system, abbreviated LWA, was established by President Donald Trump final month utilizing cash from the federal Catastrophe Reduction Fund. It gives individuals with $300 per week in additional assist for the six weeks stretching from July 26 by Sept. 5, in response to state officers, a interval choosing up the place the now-expired $600-per-week federal increase left off. Learn Extra…
New Colorado COVID-19 dashboard reveals Denver metro space within the center
Proper now, Colorado’s new COVID-19 dashboard simply tells you what your county has been allowed to do up up to now, however going ahead it is going to allow you to examine counties and get an thought of whether or not restrictions will loosen or tighten within the close to future.
The Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting launched a color-coded dashboard Tuesday that illustrated the advisable precautions for every county primarily based on their variety of circumstances, the proportion of checks coming again optimistic and whether or not hospitalizations are going up or down. State officers pitched it as a option to enhance transparency about why counties have totally different restrictions. Learn Extra…
Protesters, demonstration leaders arrested in connection to rallies in Aurora
Andy Cross, The Denver PostProtesters block I-225 as they rally, calling for justice for Elijah McClain in Aurora on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Leaders of protests towards the demise of Elijah McClain face years in jail after two prosecutors filed a bevy of fees towards them Thursday for all kinds of alleged crimes — from stealing counterprotesters’ indicators to inciting a riot and kidnapping.
The entire protesters — Lillian Home, Joel Northam, Terrance Roberts, Whitney Lucero, Trey Quinn and John Ruch — face felonies. The costs are linked to demonstrations held in Aurora on June 27, July 3, July 12 and July 25. Learn Extra…
1,700 Cherry Creek Excessive Faculty college students in distant studying after COVID-19 outbreak
Denver Publish fileCherry Creek college bus drivers get their buses prepared on the Cherry Creek Bus terminal March 13, 2014 in time for his or her route.
Greater than 1,700 college students at Cherry Creek Excessive Faculty are actually attending lessons remotely after an outbreak of optimistic COVID-19 circumstances was detected among the many scholar physique.
In a letter to households, the district stated “a number of” 12th-grade college students examined optimistic, forcing 14 workers members and 146 different college students into quarantine till Sept. 23. Abbe Smith, spokesperson for Cherry Creek Faculty District, stated the varsity has seen six optimistic circumstances within the final two weeks.
An extra 1,585 college students in the identical cohort have been moved to distant studying in the course of the quarantine interval. These college students are nonetheless capable of take part in sports activities and different actions, the district stated — aside from these decided to be shut contacts, who should quarantine. Learn Extra…
18 Broncos kneel for nationwide anthem forward of Monday Night time Soccer showdown towards Titans
Jack Dempsey, The Related PressSome of the Denver Broncos kneel throughout the nationwide anthem previous to an NFL soccer sport towards the Tennessee Titans, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver.
Eighteen Broncos kneeled for the nationwide anthem previous to their Monday Night time Soccer sport towards the Titans, becoming a member of a rising variety of the league’s gamers who’re utilizing their platform to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Linebacker Bradley Chubb, wideout Jerry Jeudy, operating again Melvin Gordon and safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson had been among the many Broncos who knelt, whereas defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and DeMarcus Walker stood with a fist raised. Additionally kneeling for the Broncos had been Malik Reed, Michael Ojemudia, Royce Freeman, Essang Bassey, P.J. Locke, Bryce Callahan, Duke Dawson, A.J. Bouye, Davontae Harris, Dre’Mont Jones, Shelby Harris, Lloyd Cushenberry and Calvin Anderson. Learn Extra…
Photograph of the week
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Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostArtist MPEK spray paints on the wall of Matchbox bar throughout the “Crush Partitions” avenue artwork competition at River North Artwork district in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.