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Colorado Geothermal Waste & Hazardous Material Assessment(18-CO)

For projects that require the installation of an underground storage tank, developers are required to obtain approval from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). Developers may also be required to obtain a Hazardous Waste Permit from the Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE)

In Colorado, underground storage tank (UST) design, installation, registration, construction, and operation, for tanks storing petroleum or other substances not considered hazardous waste are governed by both federal statute under 42 U.S.C. 6901 and by Colorado regulation under 7 C.C.R. 1101-14. If a UST system is not exempted by regulation, developers must obtain a permit from the CDLE to construct, use, or modify the system. Prior to completion, the UST system must pass inspection by CDLE. Each system must be registered and have an annual certificate of registration.

Owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities must obtain TSD permits as required by both 6 CCR 1007-3 and Title 40 CFR 270: EPA Administered Programs: The Hazardous Waste Program. The State of Colorado regulates permitting of TSD facilities through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For disposal facilities, owners and operators must obtain a Certificate of Designation for Land Disposal from the local Board of County Commissioners. For treatment facilities, which are facilities that treat generated hazardous wastes onsite and then ship the waste off site, owners and operators must obtain a Generator Treatment Permit. TSD facility owners and operators must also obtain approval of RCRA Hazardous Waste Permits Part A (for site identification) and Part B (for narrative description). RCRA permits are subject to approval by Colorado’s DPHE. Owners and operators of TSD facilities must pay annual operation fees.

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