Colorado Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Exports of hazardous waste: 40 CFR 262.83

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Imports of Hazardous Waste: 40 CFR 262.84

Regulatory Agencies

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

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado rules for exporting and importing hazardous waste to and from a foreign country are the same as the federal regulations. The federal hazardous waste export and import regulations were revised, effective December 31, 2016, and are in effect in all states as of that date. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will amend its regulations to mirror the revised federal provisions, which are more stringent than the ones they replaced. In the meantime, the federal regulations must be followed in the state. See the national section HAZARDOUS WASTE EXPORTS AND IMPORTS for detailed information.

Internationally, a number of countries have laws with restrictions on the import of hazardous substances and electronic equipment that contain certain hazardous chemicals. See the national sections CHEMICALS and ELECTRONICS for more information concerning these international directives.

Administration and enforcement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers and enforces the regulations for exports and imports of hazardous waste in Colorado.


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