Rocky Mountain Director
Phone: 202-265-7337 x501
Rocky Mountain PEER covers the states of the Rocky Mountain region. These states contain millions of acres of federally protected lands. These unique areas, which include Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Monument, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park, bring countless visitors to the breathtaking landscapes that define the Rocky Mountains. Major environmental issues facing the region include habitat protection, roadless forests and wilderness areas, urban and suburban sprawl, and water issues.
Chandra Rosenthal, a Colorado native, heads up the office as Rocky Mountain PEER Director. Chandra, formerly staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife specializing in endangered species and public lands issues, has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and, under a legal fellowship, worked on a Superfund site with the Department of Energy.
“I view my job as helping the region’s public service professionals do their jobs of protecting the diverse and abundant natural resources of the Rockies,” states Rosenthal.
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PEER IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
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Pollution Permits Improperly Issued; Managers Took “Unjustified” Actions
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Political Sabotage by Anti-Wolf Colorado Parks Manager
State Funds and Staff Used to Undermine Governor and Wolf Advocates
Pawnee Coal Plant Causing Clean Air Act Violations
State Fails to Control Coal Plant Emissions Endangering Public Health
Colorado Air Pollution – Gold and Fossil Fuel Mining
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Colorado Air Pollution – Xcel Power Plants
Air permits for the Cherokee Power Plant and Pawnee Generating Station were both issued under faulty air modeling and a disregard of multi-year emissions overages.
Colorado Air Pollution – Interstate Expansions
$1.2 billion project started in August 2018, to widen I-70 from 6 lanes to 8 lanes near Commerce City, Colorado.
Colorado Air Pollution – Suncor
The allegations against the CDPHE implicate the air permit renewal for the Suncor Energy oil refinery in Commerce City.
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Colorado has been undermining its own air pollution experts for years in favor of easing requirements for polluters.
Federal Action Needed to Cut Colorado Air Pollution
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Transfer Will Fuel Sprawl, Aggravating Water and Resource Woes
Colorado Orders Staff to Ignore Air Pollution Violations
Air Modelers Request Federal Intervention and Whistleblower Protection
Call for Federal Intervention Into Colorado Air Pollution
State Inaction on Coal Plant Emissions Endangering Public Health
REPORT | PEER 2021 Annual Report (PDF)
2021 Annual Report of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
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