Colorado RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

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

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: CRS 30-20-100.5 to 30-20-1010, and regulations at 6 CCR 1007-2

Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: CRS 8-20.5-101 to 8-20.5-209, and regulations at 7 CCR 1101-14 Sections 1-1 to 8-7

Regulatory Agencies

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

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Division of Oil and Public Safety

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management and USTs. Colorado has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and underground storage tank (UST) management programs.

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


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Colorado RCRA Resources

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Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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