Colorado Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container management standards: 6 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1007-3 Sections 264.170 to 264.179 and 6 CCR 1007-3 Sections 265.170 to 265.178 (interim status)

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Container management requirements for hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs): 6 CCR 1007-3 Section 262.17(a)(1)

Container management requirements for hazardous waste small quantity generators (SQGs): 6 CCR 1007-3 Section 262.16(b)(2)

Empty container standards: 6 CCR 1007-3 Section 261.7

Federal organic air emissions standards: 6 CCR 1007-3 Sections 264.1030 to 264.1090 and 6 CCR 1007-3 Sections 265.1030 to 265.1090 (interim status)

Regulatory Agency

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

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 standards that allow generators to accumulate hazardous waste on-site in containers. These container requirements include empty container standards and organic air emissions standards. There are no additional state requirements.

Owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use containers must comply with the state's permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees that are in addition to the container requirements specified in the federal rules. For more information regarding these state requirements, see the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Administration and enforcement. The state's hazardous ...

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