Governing Law and Regulations
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Hazardous Waste Program
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State vs. Federal
• Rules. Colorado has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Colorado as of June 30, 2018, which includes the federal contingency plan requirements for large quantity generators (LQGs). The state follows the federal rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) contingency plans. The state has added standards concerning an additional standard for implementing the plan at TSDFs, a submission requirement and a fire protection requirement for interim-status TSDFs, and a notification requirement for TSDFs.
• Administration and enforcement. Colorado's contingency plan requirements are administered and enforced by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division.