Commerce City - North Denver






Commerce City-North Denver


This page has information on projects in Commerce City - North Denver.  We want you to know what is happening and how to get involved. We know we work best when we work as partners with local communities.

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We are piloting a new way to send out information about CDPHE activities in the Commerce City - North Denver area through text messages in both English and Spanish. Text #healthycommunity to 22300 to opt-in and stay informed.

Mobile lab air monitoring data available

The Colorado Air Monitoring Mobile Lab monitored the air around Eagle Pointe Recreation Center between May 14 and July 17. The data is available here.

Commerce City - North Denver Engagement Calendar

CC-ND Engagement Calendar

Suncor information and ways to get involved

Air permitting

We are reviewing Suncor's application for a permit that limits air pollution. This is the Plant 2 Title V operating permit.

Water permitting

Suncor has two permits up for renewal in 2021 that limit the pollution it puts into Sand Creek. The new permits must include requirements and limits for these pollutants to protect Sand Creek. It also protects the water for drinking, recreation, and fish. CDPHE wants input from the public on what is necessary in these permits to protect the creek.

Anyone can give input on any part of the permit and we will consider that input when developing the draft permit. Learn about opportunities to provide feedback. As we draft this permit, we want you to have access to staff to understand what our decision process is, and to know how your input helped influence the decision.

More information: Suncor Water Quality Permits webpage.


Supplemental environmental projects

In 2020, a court fined Suncor $9 million for air pollution violations at their facility. The fine is because Suncor was not meeting pollution limits and had other violations since 2017. Part of the penalty required Suncor to fund community projects for more than $2.6 million. A community committee picked five projects that will provide more air monitoring and modeling - plus a lot more - in the areas around Suncor. Most of the projects are being run by community organizations from the area. Read about all the projects here.




Activities in the area

How the environment affects health in Commerce City-North Denver

We created a storyboard exploring what we know and don’t know about the connections between the environment and public health in one of the Denver metro area’s central urban communities. We hope it is a starting point for community conversations and decision-making.

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Globeville/Elyria-Swansea health study 

There will be a four-year health study that focuses on health concerns in the communities. A community council will guide and give perspective to the study, and a committee will oversee the study. With input from the community, the committee is selecting a contractor to conduct the study. Committee meetings are open to the public and are a good way to find out about the study's progress. Visit the study website, linked below, to find meeting information.  

More information: GES Health Study web page.


Aerial view overlooking downtown denver, I-70, and the train depot in Commerce City-North Denver
James Chance, The Colorado Trust

Superfund activities

A Superfund site is a place where hazardous waste has been left out in the open, dumped, or improperly managed. There are a few Superfund sites in the area, including Asarco Inc-Globe Smelter and Vasquez Blvd/I-70. The Asarco Inc-Globe Smelter had soil with lead and arsenic that was cleaned up. The Vasquez Blvd/I-70 site had a residential area with lead and arsenic in soils that were cleaned up and has other areas that will be addressed. 

A community group makes suggestions for the Vasquez Blvd/ VB I-70 project. The group meets every month on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Email the group's administrator at to take part in the meetings.

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Activities in the state

Wind turbine and industrial facility in background

State climate change approach

CDPHE worked with government agencies to make a climate change plan. The plan puts in place greenhouse gas pollution targets. It also shows ways to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Climate change impacts people across the state. But Commerce City - North Denver can be especially affected. The plan is Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap.

Ways to get involved: 

  • CDPHE is forming a Climate Equity Community Council to help guide this work, beginning this spring. If you’re interested in joining the council, email
  • Visit our department's climate change webpage for details on our climate equity work.


Pollution tracking

Air pollution monitoring

Find general information about air quality in Colorado on the air quality webpage. This webpage looks at air quality within the state. The details about air pollution exposure in Commerce City-North Denver are not available. The details of air pollution exposure in other communities are also not available. 

More information:

Hydrogen Cyanide:

Many residents of the Commerce City- North Denver communities have questions about the chemical, hydrogen cyanide, and the Suncor refinery. Find answers in our Hydrogen Cyanide Questions and Answers webpage.


Water pollution monitoring

We make water quality information available to the public. This includes information about regulated entities, enforcement actions, and sampling data. Anyone can search for water quality information for the Commerce City - North Denver area.

More information:

Toxic firefighting chemicals (PFAS) information

Water quality information


Colorado Air Monitoring Mobile Lab

Our Colorado Air Monitoring Mobile Lab (CAMML) monitored the air around Eagle Pointe Recreation Center in Commerce City from May 14, 2021, to July 19, 2021.

The data is available on our Commerce City - North Denver data dashboard.

The CAMML is a moveable laboratory that continuously monitors the air for pollution. The CAMML collects local data to help us make better decisions to protect health and the environment.

How we conduct CAMML monitoring

  • The purpose of CAMML monitoring is to understand potential health risks.
  • The mobile lab continuously measures many pollutants including:
    • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene and toluene.
    • Greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and ozone.
    • Particulate matter, such as dust and smoke.
  • The mobile lab collects information on wind speed and direction so we have a sense of where pollutants may be coming from.
  • Our toxicologists use air monitoring results to evaluate the potential health risks to nearby communities. They do this by comparing monitored air quality values with levels established by EPA and other state and federal agencies. Our health risk assessments and air data is posted on our website after each deployment.

What happens when we find levels above health guideline values
If our measurements identify a pollutant that goes above a health guideline value we will investigate further. Health guideline values are far below levels known to cause harmful health impacts. Measurements above health guideline values do not always mean you will experience health impacts. 

Meet the CAMML