Foul Smells Worsening Air Quality In Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– Air quality data from across the country shows the Denver metro area has the fourth worst air quality in the country. That includes smelly air that contributes to the degrading air quality.

Shelly Miller, Professor of Environmental Engineering with the University of Colorado in Boulder, has been looking into Colorado’s air quality for years. Her extensive studies of Denver’s Globeville neighborhood resulted in the city updating its odor ordinance. Her final study, released last spring, suggested that odors in north Denver were contributing to air pollution.

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The report, in part stated, Odors from industrial sources is one type of air pollution that affects residents of these often-low-income communities physically and psychologically [5–10]. North Denver (CO, USA), which is impacted by emitted odors from the surrounding industrial facilities, is an example. Among North Denver neighborhoods, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea seem to be the most affected communities. Residents of the two neighborhoods have a long history of odor complaints. Between 2004 and 2017, Denver has received 1322 odor complaints.


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