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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Both state and federal P2 rules apply in Colorado. The federal rules are described in the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.
Colorado has enacted the Pollution Prevention Act (CRS 25-16.5-101 to 25-16.5-109), but compliance with the rules is voluntary. The Act primarily supplies technical and financial assistance to those wishing to establish a P2 program. However, it does subject certain hazardous chemical users to a P2 fee.
The state also has specific requirements for P2 for certain stormwater discharge permits and for activities requiring wetlands permits.
• Administration and enforcement. CDPHE's Pollution Prevention Program enforces the federal and state P2 rules. The Program, located within the Sustainability Program at CDPHE, is devoted to promoting and supporting long-term process improvements and best management practices (BMPs) that reduce or eliminate waste before it is generated in households or commercial and industrial facilities.