Colorado Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Colorado Water Quality Control Commission: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-8-205

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Effluent limitation regulations: 5 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1002-62

Specific limitations: 5 CCR 1002-62 Section 5

River classes and standards: 5 CCR 1002-32 to 1002-38

Colorado River salinity standards: 5 CCR 1002-39

Effluent trading: 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 8

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): 5 CCR 1002-93

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of the Environment Water Quality Control Division

Colorado Water Quality Control Commission

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Colorado effluent limitation standards generally parallel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal requirements. Generally, the effluent limitations for identified pollutants are those found in the state regulations and are stated in Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)-issued permits. If effluent limitation guidelines are established by the CDPHE under CRS 25-8-205 for a specific industry, such industry is subject to those guidelines and is not subject to the guidelines in 5 CCR 1002-62. If the CDPHE has not established particular effluent limitations for a specific industry but that industry is subject to EPA-established guidelines, the effluent from those industries is subject to the federal guidelines and is not subject to the state effluent limitations.

In addition, the state has specific classifications and numerical standards for several river basins in ...

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