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Construction on the I-70 freeway expansion bumps up against homes in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods of North Denver.
(Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Article April 15, 2022

What’s Environmental Justice Mean? Look at North Denver

A community movement in Denver puts longtime polluters on notice and wins new protections for residents.

Document January 30, 2019

Summary of the I-70 Settlement Agreement

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Sierra Club, the Colorado Latino Forum, the Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association, and the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Association, represented by Earthjustice, reached a settlement agreement on Dec. 20, 2017, in a July 2017 lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado on the Central 70 Project.

Document January 30, 2019

Resumen Del Convenio De La Autopista I-70

El acuerdo de conciliación se enfoca en brindar beneficios a las comunidades de Globeville, Elyria y Swansea, que incluyen un estudio de salud de la comunidad, monitoreo del aire, paisajismo y divulgación comunitaria.

Document December 20, 2018

Settlement Agreement: I-70 Expansion

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Sierra Club, the Colorado Latino Forum, the Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association, and the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Association, represented by Earthjustice, reached a settlement agreement in a July 2017 lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado on the Central 70 Project. This settlement resolves the last remaining legal challenge to CDOT’s Central 70 Project, which broke ground in August 2018.

Press Release December 20, 2018

El Proyecto Central 70 llega a un Acuerdo

Como parte del acuerdo, CDOT contribuirá con $ 550,000 para un estudio de salud que proporcionará una mejor comprensión de los resultados de salud pública en los vecindarios de Globeville, Elyria y Swansea.

I-70 cuts through the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.
(Photo by Earthjustice)
Press Release December 20, 2018

Settlement Reached on Central 70 Project

Agreement focuses on providing benefits to the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea communities, including a community health study, air monitoring, landscaping, and community outreach

Earthjustice attorney Joel Minor speaks with Drew Dutcher, a resident of the Denver neighborhood deemed the most polluted ZIP code in America, at the Suncor Refinery near Dutcher's home.
(Matt Nager for Earthjustice)
Article April 18, 2018

A Giant Oil Refinery Wants to Hide Its Role in Creating the Nation’s Most Polluted ZIP Code

Residents are pushing back against the Suncor refinery’s attempt to evade pollution reporting requirements in their Denver neighborhood.

Document April 17, 2018

Petition To Object To Modification Of Title V Operating Permit For Suncor Energy’s Commerce City Refinery Plants 1 & 3

In the matter of: Modification to Operating Permit No. 96OPAD120, Issued to Suncor Energy (U.S.A.), Inc. – Commerce City Refinery, Plants 1 & 3, Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Document August 2, 2017

Coalition Comments on Colorado's Suncor Refinery

The Suncor refinery in the Denver-metro area is one of the largest sources of air pollution. Earthjustice working with numerous local organizations have submitted comments on a series of permit modifications that could further increase the pollution burden in the surrounding communities.

"Los residentes de Elyria-Swansea y Globeville merecen algo mejor."
(Foto para Earthjustice)
Press Release January 20, 2017

Departamento de Transporte de Colorado Completa Decisión Sobre I-70 a Pesar de su Impacto Discriminatorio

Querella sobre Derechos Civiles sigue pendiente con el Departamento de Transporte

I-70 cuts through the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.
(Photo by Earthjustice)
Press Release January 20, 2017

CDOT Finalizes I-70 Decision Despite Discriminatory Impact

Civil rights complaint still pending with U.S. Department of Transportation

A view of the wall of I-70, from the Globeville neighborhood.
(NegesoMuso / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release December 12, 2016

U.S Department of Transportation to Open Civil Rights Investigation on I-70 Plan

Environmental, social and economic impacts disparately affect longstanding Latino neighborhoods

Document November 16, 2016

Complaint Against Colorado Department of Transportation Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

These civil rights violations stem from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (“CDOT”) adoption of a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (“STIP”) on May 19, 2016 that will result in disparate and severe environmental and economic impacts on the predominantly Latino communities of Elyria-Swansea and Globeville, which lie in the path of the proposed expansion of Interstate I-70 (“I-70”) through north Denver.1 CDOT is a recipient of federal funds and prohibited from taking actions that have a discriminatory impact on citizens on the basis of their race, color, and national origin.

A view of the wall of I-70, from the Globeville neighborhood.
(NegesoMuso / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release November 16, 2016

Neighborhood Groups File Federal Civil Rights Complaint Against The Colorado Department Of Transportation

Decision to triple the width of I-70 through Elyria-Swansea would disproportionately harm predominantly Latino communities