With the flaring, we can see it,” said Tafoya. And they are offering us car washes,” he said. “They would make it more of an issue. What concerns Tafoya is recent evidence Suncor is emitting high levels of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, into Sand Creek. A 2017 study ranked the zip code just south of the plant as the most polluted in the U.S. Lizeth Chacon, executive director for the racial justice group Colorado People’s Alliance, called the offer of free washes “an insult” to Commerce City. That’s why many now refer to the substances as “forever chemicals.”. Like most people in the largely Latino community, she doesn’t drink the tap water but showers and cooks with it. In the facility’s top role, Donald is responsible for providing overall leadership for safe, reliable and profitable operations, and is also accountable for environmental compliance and product quality of the facility. The same group is drafting legislation to give state regulators oversight over a greater number of toxic gases, including hydrogen cyanide. She added the company has since replaced the foam with a new product in line with EPA recommendations. David Dani, the emerging contaminants coordinator with the CDPHE, said any finding of PFAS raises the same alarming question. Please join our Talent Community to receive updates about Suncor jobs matching your interests. It mainly contains clay and silica and counts as a nonhazardous waste stream under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. © Copyright Suncor Energy Inc 2020. She said a doctor told her she would never know what was behind the conditions and to put it out of her mind, if possible. On Thursday, Vidal Rodriguez watched dozens of customers drive by his cashier booth, the edges of their windshields caked in a yellowish-white scum. © The Canadian company owns Colorado’s only oil and gas refinery. This story has been updated. “Looking at this latest data, we now have enough information and we’re continuing to get information to at least propose some limits for PFAS in Suncor’s next permit,” she said. They would offer the community medical services. This was the aftermath of what Suncor called an “opacity event.” In a Facebook statement Wednesday, the company said an “operational upset” led the company to release a “nonhazardous” clay-like catalyst. The district has worked to control PFAS in its water supply since 2018 when it found high concentrations in a dozen wells near I-270 and Quebec. On Thursday, Democratic State Sen. Dominick Moreno, who represents Commerce City, joined two other lawmakers in sending a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to demand a full report of the incident and an analysis of the ash residue. (Photo by Suncor Energy, via Flickr) Suncor oil refinery agrees to $9 million settlement with … In a statement, Suncor spokesperson Erin Rees said the company believes the chemicals in groundwater comes from the historic use of Class B firefighting foam. Scott added he’s “reasonably sure” forever chemicals from Suncor aren’t affecting the water supply of its neighbors. Much of the residue was a strange clay dust Suncor Energy, Colorado’s largest oil refinery, rained down on his hometown of Commerce City a day earlier. Outside of work, he is a keen golfer and enjoys spending time with his family at their cottage in Northern Idaho. The state conducted tests of 24 wells at the refinery between October 2018 and May 2019. Suncor Rained Dust Waste Down On Commerce City. According to Dani, despite the more recent findings of high PFAS levels in Suncor groundwater and Sand Creek, the results from residents' wells show, “we don’t have anyone drinking water above the health advisory.". “To us in the Indigenous community, to us in the Latino community, we see this as the same exploitation that's been going on for more than a hundred years.”. Residents Say Their Free Car Wash Offer Is ‘An Insult’, chemicals in groundwater comes from the historic use of Class B firefighting foam, Suncor Energy’s Latest ‘Opacity Event’ Prompts State Air Quality Monitoring And Investigation, high concentrations in a dozen wells near I-270 and Quebec, Despite A $50M Cleanup, Residents Of This Colorado Community Still Bear The Costs Water Contamination.