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Growing Coalition of 60+ Business Groups Opposes Far-Reaching Ozone Legislation

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber today announced a broad coalition of business groups opposed to HB 1294, a sweeping emissions regulations proposal that would have major consequences for the state’s economy. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday, April 20.

“Make no mistake – this bill goes far beyond just the energy industry,” said Colorado Chamber President and CEO Loren Furman. “HB 1294 would create complex and costly new regulations on a broad range of businesses, from breweries and bakeries to hotels and warehouses. The Colorado business community has worked closely state officials in recent years to reduce emissions at a large scale, and we believe that we can improve our environment without sacrificing economic growth. This bill not only moves the goal posts on emissions regulations at the expense of our business climate, but there’s little evidence it would actually make a significant impact on air quality. We’re asking lawmakers to keep Colorado competitive and oppose HB 1294.”

HB 1294 requires pollution modeling simulations for several categories of permits, including any indirect air pollution sources that are determined to be large indirect air pollution sources of ozone precursor pollutants. The bill also requires state regulatory agencies to consider the cumulative impact of all sources of emissions at new oil and gas drilling sites.

In addition, the bill attempts to revive a controversial regulatory proposal that failed two years ago following backlash from both workers and employers. The 2021 Employee Trip Reduction Plan was an initiative aimed at reducing emissions by creating mandates surrounding the use of personal vehicles for commuting to work. The Colorado Chamber led a powerful business coalition against the proposed plan and it ultimately was defeated. HB 1294 directs the state’s air quality control division to pass a new “vehicle miles traveled reduction rule,” setting the stage for another regulatory initiative targeting worker commutes.

The growing list of business groups opposed to HB 1294 are as follows:

Absolute Caulking & Waterproofing

Action 22

Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP)

American Petroleum Institute

Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado

Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Black Hills Energy

Cemex Construction Materials South, LLC

Club 20

Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association

Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association

Colorado Association of Homebuilders

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

Colorado Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Competitive Council

Colorado Concern

Colorado Contractors Association

Colorado Farm Bureau

Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association

Colorado Mining Association

Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Colorado Petroleum Association

Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Colorado Rural Electric Association

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Colorado Springs Utilities

Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association

Craig Chamber of Commerce & Moffat County Visitor Center

Denver Metro BOMA

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

EVRAZ North America

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce

Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce

Greeley Chamber of Commerce

JFW Corporation

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Longmont Chamber of Commerce

Loveland Chamber of Commerce

NAIOP Colorado

NUCA of Colorado

Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance

Occidental Petroleum

O-I Glass, Inc

Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado

Pro 15

Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce

Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association

Sloan & Associates, LLC

Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce

Tri-State Generation & Transmission

Upstate Colorado Economic Development

Weld County Colorado

Western Colorado Contractors Association

Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce

Western Sugar Cooperative

Westminster Chamber of Commerce

West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association

*Note: This list will continue to be updated on this page as the coalition grows. 


The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.