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Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “Emergency plans are just pro forma for dams, which ordinarily hold water. So it’s a no-brainer that contingency or emergency plans should be necessary for dams that are impounding toxic waste. And yet, it was only until last week the public could see these plans, and only until last month that the EPA actually required them.”
Colorado’s Governor Said He Didn’t Want To Appeal A Controversial Oil-And-Gas Ruling. The Attorney General Did It Anyway.
Michael Freeman, Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: "The buck stops with Governor Hickenlooper because he can still keep this case from moving forward. The Attorney General can’t bring a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of the COGCC without that agency’s consent. If the Governor is serious about protection of public health, safety, and the environment, he needs to direct his COGCC to immediately drop the agency’s challenge to the Martinez decision."
Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney, Coal Program: “These units, while they certainly shouldn’t be operating long-term without pollution controls, the far better solution here financially would be for Rockport 2 to retire and be replaced by something that’s actually cleaner ... Regardless of what I&M and the owners manage to work out, our basic point is that customers should not have to pay for this, cecause for customers it would be cheaper for I&M or the owners or whoever to retire the unit and replace it with clean energy.”
Video interview with rancher Art Hayes and Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine
Environment Groups Urge Hickenlooper Not To Fight Appeals Court Ruling That Prioritizes Public Health And Safety
Mike Freeman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “The Court of Appeals ruling provides plenty of clarity. The only thing that would be served [by asking the supreme court to consider a review] is if the state does not want to make public safety, public health and the environment its first priority.”