Colorado Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management rules and law: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-15-101 to 25-15-327, CRS 25-15-501 to 25-15-515, and regulations at 6 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 1007-3

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

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. Colorado's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators and transporters; owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); and handlers of used oil and universal waste.

Administration and enforcement. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows CDPHE's Office of Environment to enforce the hazardous waste management rules in Colorado.

To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, Colorado's hazardous waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, CDPHE must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to RCRA (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 ...


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