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AQCC/APCD Environmental Justice Act Outreach Meeting

November 17 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

Community input and information sessions on air quality: 

  • Do you have questions or concerns about the air quality in your community?
  • Would you like to learn more about what the state is doing to address air quality?
  • Do you have recommendations for how air pollution could be reduced? 

Please JOIN US for one (or all!) of the 3 upcoming community sessions to share your input, questions and concerns.

Each 90-minute session will include: 

  • Open community comments on air quality and air pollution
  • Introduction to upcoming rulemakings on air quality issues 
  • Q & A session 
  • Ways to stay involved

The EJ Act: Colorado’s commitment to strengthening environmental justice 

In July 2021, the Colorado legislature passed the Environmental Justice Act (House Bill 21-1266). Colorado’s EJ Act commits to strengthening environmental justice and prioritizes reducing environmental and health harms in disproportionately impacted communities.

What does this mean for Colorado communities?

  • All Coloradans have the right to
  • breathe clean air,
  • drink clean water, and
  • participate in decisions that affect their environment and health
  • Certain CO communities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental and health harm. In order to right past wrongs, we must
  • Focus on,
  • listen to and
  • learn from disproportionately impacted community voices.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment strives to meaningfully engage with disproportionately impacted communities by
  • Hosting public meetings at different times and days of the week
  •  Providing notice at least 30 days in advance
  • Using different channels for outreach
  • Offering different ways for communities to share input
  • Creating easy-to-understand informational materials in multiple languages

What is a disproportionately impacted community?

There are 3 pieces to the EJ Act’s definition of a disproportionately impacted community:

  • Demographic factors: Census Block Groups where greater than 40% of the households are either:
  • low income households
  • people of color households
  • housing cost-burdened households
  • Places with a history of environmental racism perpetuated through exclusionary laws
  • Places where multiple factors cumulatively contribute to persistent public health & environmental disparities (i.e. socioeconomic stressors, disproportionate environmental burdens & lack of public participation)

If you plan to join one or more of these engagement meetings and have questions or comments you would like to have addressed at the meeting(s), you can submit your question or comment using this form prior to the meeting. There will also be an opportunity at the end of each meeting to ask questions or provide comments. The meetings will be recorded and provided to commissioners for consideration in their decision-making. 

Thank you for your interest in these important air quality matters! 

Upcoming Public Input Meetings

Date/Time:

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:00 pm

Topics to be discussed:

  • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
  • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)
  • Oil and Gas Emissions (Regulations 7 and 22)

Registration Link:

Date/Time:

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am

Topics to be discussed:

  • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
  • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)

Registration Link:

Date/Time

  • Thursday, November 17, 2021 1:00 pm

Topics to be discussed:

  • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
  • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)
  • Oil and Gas Emissions (Regulations 7 and 22)

Registration Link: