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
• Rules. Colorado has adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes, with some variations. As under the federal rules, the state has expanded the federal regulation of mercury thermostats to "mercury-containing devices." (Under the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules, similar materials are called "mercury-containing equipment.") Although there are many similarities between the federal regulation of mercury-containing equipment and the Colorado regulation of mercury-containing devices, the state rules address the accumulation and draining of elemental mercury and are more explicit than the federal rules in ...