Colorado Penalties and Liabilities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-7-122 to 25-7-122.5 and CRS 25-7-123

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Asbestos: CRS 25-7-508 and CRS 25-7-511

Emergency response: CRS 18-1.3-401, CRS 29-22-107, and CRS 29-22-108

Hazardous materials transporters: CRS 42-20-101 to 42-20-305

Hazardous waste: CRS 25-15-211, CRS 25-15-212, CRS 25-15-308 to 25-15-310, CRS 25-15-513, and CRS 25-15-514

Infectious waste: CRS 25-15-406

Pesticides: CRS 35-10-122 and CRS 35-10-123

Solid waste: CRS 30-20-113 and CRS 30-20-114

Storage tanks:

Underground storage tanks (USTs): CRS 8-20.5-107


Drinking water: CRS 25-1-114 and CRS 25-1-114.1

Groundwater: CRS 25-8-205.5

Oil spills: CRS 25-8-601

Water and wastewater operator certification: CRS 25-9-110

Wastewater: CRS 25-8-601 and CRS 25-8-608 to 25-8-610

Workplace safety (private sector only): U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 666

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (DLE) Division of Oil and Public Safety

Colorado Department of Public Safety Colorado State Patrol (CSP)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado provides for administrative, civil, and criminal penalties for violations of its environmental and hazardous materials transportation laws. The sanctions listed in the Table are applicable only on a state level and are in addition to penalties that the federal government may impose.

Colorado is not a "state plan" state.

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