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Data and Reports

 

Colorado's Hazardous Waste Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Self-Certification Program Report pdf file  (35 pg, April 2013)  (Environmental Results Program)

 

Only two types of inspections are listed in these reports – Compliance Evaluation Inspections (CEI) and Partial Compliance Evaluation Inspections (CEP). A CEI is a comprehensive compliance inspection, whereas a CEP covers only a portion of a facility. CEPs may be performed because a facility is too big to inspect completely in one inspection or because the Division has targeted only a portion of the facility for the inspection. If no violations were discovered on the inspection, then “No Violation” is reported in the last column. If relatively minor violations were discovered such that the Division will issue a Compliance Advisory, but will probably not assess a penalty, then “Minor Violation” is reported in this column. If relatively major violations were discovered on the inspection such that the Division will issue a Compliance Advisory and will probably issue a Compliance Order with a penalty assessment, then “Major Violation” is reported in this column.

 

Compliance Advisories are generally issued by the inspector in the field at the conclusion of the inspection. Compliance Advisories include a complete listing of the violations and potential violations discovered by the inspector. They also include a listing of any additional information needed by the inspector, and a date by when the facility needs to submit the needed information and document how the facility returned to compliance. The individual violations on each Compliance Advisory are not included in these reports because the facility may be able to rebut, correct, remove, or change certain violations through submittal of complete information. Compliance Advisories are generally issued to any facility that has one or more violations and are considered by the Division to be an “informal” enforcement action in that they are not legally enforceable.

 

Formal enforcement actions are those that are enforceable in a Court of Law, require the facility to return to complete compliance, and may assess a penalty or fine. These reports include a listing of the violations, the penalty assessed, the amount of the penalty payable in cash, the amount of the penalty suspended, the amount of penalty offset by supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), and the actual amount to be spent by the facility on the SEP. Supplemental Environmental Projects are environmentally beneficial projects that can be undertaken by a facility to mitigate some or all of an administrative penalty.

 

The enforcement type can be any one of several enforceable action types, including but not limited to, Compliance Order on Consent (CONSENT) where the requirements and penalty are negotiated and agreed to by the Division and the facility; unilateral administrative Compliance Order (ADMIN) where the Division issues the order to the facility with requirements and usually with a penalty included, but the facility can appeal; emergency Compliance Orders (EMERG) where the Division needs to mitigate a situation that could present immediate health or environmental endangerment; and judicial Compliance Orders (CIVIL) and judicial Consent Decrees (CIVILCON) where the Division has cause to get a Court to issue the action. 

 

If you have an interest in a particular facility and whether that facility has returned to compliance, please visit EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. This site contains complete information on all Colorado facilities and is updated every 30 days.