16 Colorado Facilities Under Review In Park Haze Inquiry

Denver (AP) Sixteen Colorado facilities are on a preliminary list of power plants and factories that could have to add pollution controls to reduce haze drifting into national parks. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is using computer models to identify possible links between plant emissions and the haze.

If the facilities stay on the list, they will have eight years to add pollution controls. Such controls could cost a few thousand dollars or more than $100 million dollars. Haze has been a growing problem in the west since the late 1970s.

National Park Service officials say that on the haziest days, visibility at Rocky Mountain National Park is about 57 miles, or about half the distance it should be. Pollution is also affecting eleven other national parks and wilderness areas in the state, including Mesa Verde and the Great Sand Dunes.

The health department plans to finish its list by November and will revise its comprehensive haze plan by next summer. That plan will likely be submitted to the legislature for approval in early 2007 and must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by that December.

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