Colorado Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Preparedness and prevention: 6 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1007-3 Sections 264.30 to 264.37

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Contingency plan and emergency procedures: 6 CCR 1007-3 Sections 264.50 to 264.56

Aboveground storage tanks (AST) storing petroleum: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-1

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

CDPHE Colorado Emergency Planning Commission (CEPC)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)

Local fire and police departments

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) State Inspector of Oils

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY National Response Center: (800) 424-8802 (24-hr) CDPHE: (877) 518-5608 (24-hr)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal


Hazardous waste. Colorado has adopted the federal emergency planning and community right-to-know requirements. LEPCs and local emergency preparedness/management offices are located throughout the state. Each office manager is on an LEPC. State law requires that local jurisdictions write and maintain local emergency operation plans. For additional guidance, see the national section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE.

Notification under 40 CFR 355.30 that a facility is storing extremely hazardous substances on-site and is subject to emergency planning requirements must be made to CEPC. For information on who to contact in the event of a release, see the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.

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