Hazardous waste management data and reports

 
 
Program reports to the Colorado General Assembly
 
How the program works, checklist results, compliance improvement  (April 2013)
 

Quarterly compliance evaluation reports

Inspections, compliance advisories, formal enforcement actions for past four quarters
 
Inspection reports
Only two types of inspections are listed in these reports:
  • Compliance Evaluation Inspections (CEI). A CEI is a comprehensive compliance inspection.
  • Partial Compliance Evaluation Inspections (CEP). A CEP covers only a portion of a facility and may be performed because a facility is too big to inspect completely in one inspection or because we’ve targeted only a portion of the facility for inspection.
If no violations were discovered during the inspection, then “No Violation” is reported in the last column.
If relatively minor violations were discovered during the inspection such that we’ll issue a Compliance Advisory but probably not assess a penalty, then “Minor Violation” is reported in the last column.
If relatively major violations were discovered during the inspection such that we’ll issue a Compliance Advisory and probably issue a Compliance Order with a penalty assessment, then “Major Violation” is reported in the last column.
 
 
Compliance advisory reports
Compliance Advisories are generally issued by the inspector in the field at the conclusion of the inspection and include a complete listing of the violations and potential violations we discovered.
  • They also include a listing of any additional information we need and the date by which the facility needs to submit the information and documentation of how they returned to compliance.
  • The individual violations on each Compliance Advisory aren’t included in these reports because the facility may have been able to rebut, correct, remove or change certain violations by submitting complete information.
  • Compliance Advisories are generally issued to any facility that has one or more violations, and are considered by us to be an “informal” enforcement action in that they aren’t legally enforceable.
 
Compliance order reports

Formal enforcement actions:

  • Are enforceable in court.
  • Require the facility to return to complete compliance.
  • May result in a penalty or fine.

They include:

  • List of violations.
  • Penalty assessed.
  • Amount of the penalty payable in cash.
  • Amount of the penalty suspended.
  • Amount of penalty offset by Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs).
    • SEPs 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, where the requirements and penalty are negotiated and agreed to by the division and the facility.
  • Unilateral Administrative Compliance Order, where we issue the order to the facility with requirements and usually with a penalty included, but the facility can appeal.
  • Emergency Compliance Orders, where we need to mitigate a situation that could present immediate health or environmental danger.
  • Judicial Compliance Orders and judicial Consent Decrees, where we have cause to get a court to issue the action. 
 
Hazardous waste handler reports
If you have an interest in a particular facility and whether it has returned to compliance, please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website.