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Malfunction Reporting

The Colorado Common Provisions Regulation defines a malfunction as “any sudden and unavoidable failure of air pollution control equipment or process equipment or unintended failure of a process to operate in a normal or usual manner. Failures that are primarily caused by poor maintenance, careless operation, or any other preventable upset condition or preventable equipment breakdown shall not be considered to be malfunctions”.

The owner or operator of the facility experiencing excess emissions during a malfunction shall notify the division verbally as soon as possible, but no later than noon of the division’s next working day, and shall submit written notification following the initial occurrence of the excess emissions by the end of the source’s next reporting period.

The Air Pollution Control Division has established three ways to notify the division of an malfunction:

 

  • E-mail a Malfunction Reporting Form to the Division at cdphe.APmalfunctions@state.co.us by noon of the start of the Division’s next working day. This will account for both the verbal and written notifications in the regulations. Note: The form must be saved to the desktop, filled out and emailed as an attachment.

 

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  • Fax a Malfunction Reporting Form to the Division at 303-782-0278 by noon of the start of the Division’s next working day. This will account for both the verbal and written notifications in the regulations.

 

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  • Notify the Division by noon of the start of the Division’s next working day by phone at 303-692-3155, followed by mailing a Malfunction Reporting Form (or letter with the required information) to:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
APCD-SS-B1
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Attention: Malfunction Coordinator

 

Written follow-up reports must be received by the Division within 30 days of the occurrence of the malfunction or the end of the source’s next reporting period, whichever is later.

 

 

For more detailed information on malfunctions, upset conditions and reporting please see the following policy guidance: