Press Release

CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan awarded Governor’s Citizenship Medal for leadership in the pandemic response

REMOTE, April 6, 2022 – Gov. Jared Polis has awarded Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan with the 2021 COVID-19 Hero Citizenship Medal, one of the highest honors in the state. Ryan will receive the award at a ceremony tonight  for her work in guiding Colorado’s ongoing pandemic response.

CDPHE seeks public feedback on plan to monitor for air pollutants and disclose more data from Suncor refinery

REMOTE (March 10, 2022): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking public comment on a plan for additional air monitoring and data disclosure at the Suncor Refinery in Commerce City.  As part of its commitment to listening to feedback from those communities most affected by the refinery, CDPHE held the first of two public meetings Wednesday night to discuss a plan for fenceline air monitoring at the refinery.

State health department to hold public hearings on fenceline monitoring plan for Suncor refinery

REMOTE (March 1, 2022): The Air Toxics Act (HB21-1189), signed into law by Governor Polis in 2021, requires Suncor Energy to submit a plan for fenceline monitoring at its refinery in Commerce City. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold two public meetings to discuss that plan.

CDPHE will hold the meetings remotely on March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDPHE will provide Spanish interpretation at both meetings.

Grant funding now available to sample for and treat water sources

REMOTE, February 24, 2022: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Colorado is now making funds available to help entities determine if their water contains chemicals found in toxic firefighting foam and other sources. If the chemicals are found above current health advisory levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency, grant funding can also be used to help reduce the contamination.

New Awareness Campaign & Website Helps Colorado Families Save Money and Get Cash Back by Filing Their Taxes

REMOTE (Feb.11, 2022) -The Polis-Primavera administration, together with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, recently launched a new statewide awareness campaign and website to save Coloradans money by encouraging all Coloradans to file their taxes and receive cash benefits through the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.