Press Release

State health department investigating an elevated benzene measurement

(REMOTE, Dec. 15, 2021) The Colorado Air Monitoring Mobile Lab measured a level of benzene slightly above the health guideline value during community monitoring of oil and gas activity in Weld County last week. The measurement does not reflect an immediate health risk to nearby residents but indicates a need for further investigation. CDPHE will conduct an investigation with the assistance of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.


State health department launches third year of NextCycle Colorado Program Program promotes innovative end markets for recycled or recovered material

(REMOTE: November 17, 2021): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the launch of the third year of NextCycle Colorado, a program designed to boost remanufacturing solutions for recycled or recovered content in Colorado. 

State health department executive director appoints four members to Environmental Justice Advisory Board

REMOTE (Nov. 19, 2021): Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has appointed four new members to the department’s new Environmental Justice Advisory Board.

The four appointed to the board are:

  • Jorge Figueroa, Community Partnerships Administrator, City & County of Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency; to serve for four years.

Coloradans urged to build on record flu vaccination uptake to preserve hospital resources and protect communities

REMOTE, Nov. 16, 2021 – More Coloradans than ever got their flu vaccine last year, a feat that state health officials are encouraging Coloradans to exceed this year to save lives and reduce stress on health care systems and workers who are responding to increased hospitalizations from COVID-19. 

We encourage Coloradans to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible as flu cases typically start to increase in the fall and peak between December and February. As of November 16, seven people have been hospitalized due to the flu. 

State seeks feedback on new, more restrictive permit for Suncor

REMOTE, Nov. 16: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is asking the public to weigh in on a permit that will limit pollution and place more conditions on Suncor oil refinery. The draft permit is a more restrictive permit than Suncor previously had. It will further protect Sand Creek and downstream waters for recreation, aquatic life, agriculture, and drinking.

Colorado launches new suicide prevention online resource supporting military and veterans

(REMOTE - Nov.12, 2021):  Colorado is launching an online platform, Operation Veteran Strong, designed to connect veterans to the right national and local resources at the right time to increase self-awareness, build resilience, and prevent the development of mental health and well-being crises. Although veterans make up nearly 10% of the population, 17% of all suicides in Colorado are veterans, and the suicide rate among veterans is more than double the rate of non-veterans.