Groundwater tests over the past year have detected high levels of toxic “forever chemicals” across the Denver metro area, contamination that’s both wider and more severe than previously known. The discovery of these fluorochemicals, known as PFAS, at Buckley Air Force Base, along Sand Creek and at the Suncor oil refinery — as well as at new sites west of Boulder and around Colorado Springs — compelled state health officials this month to ramp up Colorado’s response. Tests have measured PFAS contamination of groundwater in metro Denver at levels up to 2,928 times higher than a federal health advisory limit, officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told The Denver Post. Beyond Denver, recent tests detected elevated levels of PFAS — often linked to the use of firefighting foam — at a second firehouse west of Boulder and at three more military facilities near Colorado Springs, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, where contamination up to 1,000 times … [Read more...] about Colorado ramps up response to toxic “forever chemicals” after discovery of hot spots across metro Denver
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – With the sun out, the fun was also out on Sacramento area waterways on Saturday. “We came to treat ourselves, ride on the jet ski,” Michael Rodriguez, who was visiting Discovery Park, said. “Everybody’s coming out here. Get in the water, don’t get wet, stay cool, feel the breeze.” READ MORE: 4 Officers Injured As Protesters In Downtown Sacramento Speak Out Against Police Killings Of Daunte Wright, Others “The reason why we like being out here is it’s just peaceful. You’re outside. You’re enjoying nature,” Kathy Oupachak, who was visiting Lake Natoma, said. With temperatures anticipated to hit 90 for the first time this year on Sunday, everyone’s looking for some cooler comfort. “It’s perfect right now but it’s going to get busy,” Travis Ulirch, who also visited Lake Natoma, said. More people on the water meant first responders have to be on alert. “Everybody does everything that they can to protect themselves in this early season but, of course, as … [Read more...] about People Head To Sacramento-Area Waterways As Temperatures Rise Over Weekend
close Video Can mosquitoes carry COVID-19 and infect another person? Dr. Manny Alvarez answers if mosquitoes can be a carrier of coronavirus and transmit the illness to another person In an effort to fight insect-borne viruses like Zika, dengue fever and malaria, genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys . U.K.-based biotechnology company Oxitec has partnered with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District in an effort to control the invasive and disease-spreading female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the region. Oxitec's male mosquitoes -- which don't bite, unlike the recently-discovered yellow fever-carrying Aedes scapularis mosquitoes -- will be introduced in small areas in a select number of neighborhoods between mile markers 10 and 93 in the Keys. BEES SWARM CAR PARKED AT NEW MEXICO SUPERMARKET BEFORE FIREFIGHTER REMOVES THEM The project, Oxitec hopes, will be successful in passing … [Read more...] about Florida Keys to see release of first genetically modified mosquitoes
PENTAGON - China's militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea will not scare off the United States, which is promising to continue carrying out so-called freedom-of-navigation exercises despite the rising threat. “I would just say that the United States military’s had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands,” Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said Thursday when asked whether the U.S. could blow apart any of the Chinese-made islands. “We have a lot of experience in the Second World War taking down small islands that are isolated. So, that’s a core competency of the U.S. military,” McKenzie said, though he added China “shouldn't read anything more into that than a simple statement of historical fact.” The U.S. Navy has been carrying out a series of exercises aimed at challenging China’s claims that parts of the South China Sea are part of its territorial waters, most recently by sailing two U.S. … [Read more...] about US Sees No Problem in ‘Taking Down’ China’s Islets
Ever since the Democratic wave of 2018, Travis Oliger, chair of the La Plata County Republican Party, has come to expect low turnout at the candidate meet-and-greets he arranges. But earlier this year, when he looked out at a meet-and-greet crowd in his Democratic-leaning southwest Colorado county , there were a lot of young, unfamiliar faces and they were there to see a little-known candidate for Congress named Lauren Boebert . “It was kind of like with Trump,” Oliger recalls of that unusually large gathering. “People showed up and came out to support Trump and they would tell me, ‘I’m not here to support the party, I really don’t like the Republicans, but I’m for Trump’ and it was like, ‘Wow, really?’ This is very similar.” Boebert, a 33-year-old restaurant owner, pulled off the summer’s biggest political upset on June 30, toppling incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District , a massive area that spans the western half of the state, … [Read more...] about Lauren Boebert beat a Colorado congressman. Is she the next GOP star?