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Retail food license fee increase
Incremental increases of fees for retail food establishments go into effect on Sept. 1. If an establishment already has a 2017 retail food license, the increase will not kick in until the business renews its license in 2018.
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wood stove Food Safety classes
Garfield County offers two free food safety classes on Monday, January 22, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, Event Hall. The classes are from 9 - 11:30 am in English, and from 1 - 3:30 pm in Spanish.
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County promotes radon awareness
In conjunction with National Radon Action Month, all Garfield County workspaces will be tested to help raise radon awareness and safety, between January and March. Free radon test kits are available to residents.
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A Health Risk Assessment prepared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows a decreasing potential for cancer risk and non-cancer risk from air monitoring samples in Garfield County collected from 2008-12.
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Ozone standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised the federal air quality standards for ozone, lowering the threshold to 70 parts per billion (ppb). The decision challenges Colorado's Front Range and Denver-metro areas, which didn't meet the previous standard.
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Residential woodstoves
Save money and keep the air clean by burning wood properly.
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Approved Indoor Burning Devices-|
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2013 Air Monitoring Report
Ambient air monitoring data collected through 2013 at Garfield County's five sites.
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Tularemia - "rabbit fever"
Tularemia, or "rabbit fever", infects about 200 people a year, mostly in south-central and western states. This happens from insect bites, handling infected sick or dead animals, contaminated food or water, or airborne bacteria.
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Weld County death - West Nile Virus
Colorado public health officials report Weld County has had the first West Nile Virus death in Colorado in 2013. As of August 26, 2013, 72 cases of WNV infections have been reported in Colorado.
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Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Reduced idling
As much as 70% of air pollution is caused by motor vehicles. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from vehicles causes more than half of the carbon monoxide, a third of nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons in our atmosphere. Garfield County has instituted a new idling policy for county staff.

Garfield County Environmental Health is a branch of the Garfield County Public Health Department. Currently, our programs have a very limited regulatory role. Our professional staff protects public health from detrimental conditions in the environment through promotion, education, collaboration, and the evaluation of environmental health risks.

Every day we are working hard to develop environmental health services and programs that serve the needs and concerns of the residents of Garfield County.

Garfield County Environmental Health strives to attain excellence in the delivery of services we provide to the general public. Our department aspires to be recognized as a forerunner in environmental health through:

 •  Increasing community outreach and public education, thereby focusing our citizen and industry attention on prevention, rather than reaction,

 •  Improving our response time in evaluating and mitigating potential environmental health hazards in our community,

 •  Enhancing our management information system to create an effective environmental health surveillance program,

 •  Expanding our research capabilities to all fields of environmental health to enable response to prevailing and emerging public health issues,

 •  Competing successfully for limited available resources to fund innovative approaches in the provision of core public environmental health functions,

 •  Facilitating the creation of economic incentives for prevention, and,

 •  Re-establishing environmental health as an integral part of, and inseparable from, public health in Garfield County.

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