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CPR: Colorado is considering new limits on industrial emissions. Environmental justice groups want to scrap them and start over

A coalition of environmental justice groups released a statement Tuesday calling on state regulators to reject a proposed rule to limit planet-warming pollution from 18 of Colorado’s largest sources of industrial climate pollution.

Those groups — including Conservation Colorado, GreenLatinos and Cultivando — were integral to lobbying for the 2021 Environmental Justice Act, which directed air quality regulators to come up with the rules in the first place. Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislation after tense negotiations with the environmental community and lawmakers.

Meanwhile, business representatives warn the current proposal is already too onerous. To avoid companies shifting their operations outside Colorado, a coalition led by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce is pushing a plan to allow companies to pay their way to compliance using a state-managed mitigation fund.

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