RJ Sangosti, Denver Post fileColorado health officials recently delayed a decision on Climax Molybdenum’s push to weaken statewide limits on molybdenum pollution of streams, including a creek flowing into Dillon Reservoir, Denver’s drinking water supply.
Re: “Denver Water says molybdenum pollution could cost up to $600 million to remove from drinking water,” Nov. 30 news story.
I read in that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be delaying for two years a decision on weakening limits of molybdenum being released into our streams, including some that feed Dillon Reservoir, which provides a portion of Denver’s drinking water. The Climax Mine wants to increase pollution limits 43 times higher than their present levels. I guess they have not been reading about what has happened in Flint, Mich.
I believe everyone should be outraged about this decision and write a strongly worded letter to our senators to get involved preventing any further pollution of our waterways from happening.
Chris Jimroglou, Littleton
If Climax Molybdenum is a valuable member of our community and economy, and they can’t afford to keep the release levels of molybdenum at par, then instead of polluting our rivers and causing as much as $600 million in costs to Denver Water, give them a tax break adequate enough to enhance their own facilities and control releases at the source. This is a much sounder and simpler solution. If they aren’t a valuable member of our community and economy, then just say no and let them dig and pollute in another state.
John Hesse, Denver
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