Legislative Update from State Representative Alex Valdez: Colorado’s New and Emerging Fence Line Air Monitoring Laws and Legislative Priorities for 2022
Colorado State Representative Alex Valdez
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11:45am-1pm
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During the 2021 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed HB21-1189, concerning additional public health protection in relation to the emission of air toxics. The bill was signed by Governor Polis and is codified at Section 25-7-141, C.R.S.
Representative Valdez will explain the purposes of HB21-1189 and provide an overview of how the new legislation fits within prior laws and future plans to address long-recognized environmental justice concerns in communities located near and impacted by industrial facilities. Representative Valdez will also discuss future plans to introduce legislation to broaden air monitoring requirements to cover additional types of facilities and to lower emission standards in an effort to improve Colorado’s air quality, especially along the front range and in communities near industrial facilities. This presentation will also include a brief overview of Representative Valdez’s legislative priorities for the 2022 Session.
Alex Valdez was born and raised in the Denver Metro area, and now resides in and represents House District 5, which encompasses downtown Denver, as well as one of the most polluted zip codes in the country. Prior to serving in the Colorado Legislature, Alex founded one of Colorado’s largest solar companies.
In the Colorado House of Representatives Alex is the Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, and also serves on the State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. As Chair of the Latino Caucus and member and former Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, Alex is proud to bring representation to the State House and work amongst a diverse cohort of legislators.
Since being elected, Alex has authored and passed laws to bolster Colorado’s community solar garden industry, protect the public from air toxic emissions, improve the state’s mechanisms for dealing with cases of animal cruelty, implement marijuana reform measures, and phase out single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Alex continues to advance environmental policies and equitable legislation, while also focusing on supporting families, bolstering Colorado’s economy, and implementing COVID-19 relief measures for all Coloradans.
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