In general, people with asthma, children, older adults and people who are active outdoors (especially outdoor workers) are at higher risk for health impacts from ozone.
Colorado regulators’ chronic failure to ensure clean air hurts Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities on the frontlines of pollution the most. Due to the legacy of racist zoning practices and urban planning, many major sources of pollution, such factories, oil and gas operations, refineries, and highways are located near communities of color such as North Denver, Commerce City, Pueblo, and Greeley. On top of ozone, these communities are also facing other forms of harmful localized pollution like air toxics. The worsening ozone problem they are dealing with today adds to the pollution burden they have been shouldering for decades.