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About the Commission

The commission is charged with promulgating and adopting rules pertaining to solid and hazardous waste; setting fees and issuing interpretive rules for hazardous waste; and hearing appeals of administrative law judge determinations regarding the amounts of administrative penalties for hazardous waste matters. 


The federal government authorizes Colorado to implement a state hazardous waste program in lieu of a federal program as long as the state program meets certain criteria.  One of the major tasks of the commission is to ensure that the state hazardous waste rules are consistent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's requirements.  The commission has the authority to adopt rules that are more stringent than the federal requirements, and to list or define wastes as hazardous when not regulated by the federal rules. The rules regarding mining and mineral processing wastes, including exploration, mining, milling and smelting and refining waste, must be identical to the federal hazardous waste rules.






Michael Dempsey Englewood, CO Regulated Industry
Roger Freeman, Esq.

Denver, CO

Cameron L. Garcia (Secretary) Fruita, CO Regulated Industry
John Kehoe, M.S. Deer Trail, CO Regulated Industry
Christopher Neumann, Esq. (Chair) Denver, CO Academia
Alek Orloff Commerce City, CO Public at Large
Charlotte Pitt Denver, CO Local Government
Joseph Prinster, Jr. (Vice-Chair) Lafayette, CO Public at Large
Randall M. Weiner Boulder, CO Public at Large


Mailing Address:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone:              (303) 692-3467
Fax:              (303)691-7702
Email address:              cdphe.hwcrequests@state.co.us  


Michael Silverstein, Commission Administrator  (303) 692-3478

Brandy Valdez Murphy, Commission Assistant  (303) 692-3467

The Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission meets quarterly.  Please see the Meeting Materials page for additional information.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday,  August 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In 2009, the Commission voted to create a standing subcommittee to work on minimizing greenhouse emissions and review various waste management strategies.  Specifically, the subcommittee wants to provide review and input on division guidance documents concerning recycling and other topics.  The subcommittee will also encourage development of a statewide waste diversion goal.  Please contact the Commission office at 303-692-3467 or cdphe.hwcrequests@state.co.us for further information.



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