Colorado Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) Regulations: 5 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1002-61.1 to 1002-61.20

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Confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations: 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 1 to 1002-81 Section 23

Definitions: 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 3

Animal feeding operations (AFOs) and CAFO designations: 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 4

CAFO permit applications: 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 17.5

Effluent limitations for CAFOs: 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 17.6 and 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 17.7

Additional requirements for CAFOs: 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 17.8

Unpermitted large CAFOs: 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 5 to 1002-81 Section 7

Groundwater protection at CAFOs: 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 7

AFO best management practices (BMPs): 5 CCR 1002-81 Section 8

Swine feeding operations: 5 CCR 1002-61 Section 13

Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) fertilizer rules: 8 CCR 1206-1

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Sustainability Division Environmental Agriculture Program (EAP)

CDPHE Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)

Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) Conservation Services Division

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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and to issue NPDES permits for discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The permitting structure, process, and permit modification requirements for CAFOs in Colorado are similar to those under federal law. ...


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