Malfunction reporting

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A malfunction is “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,” according to the Colorado Common Provisions Regulation. “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.”
 
If you own or operate a facility experiencing excess emissions during a malfunction, you must notify the Air Pollution Control Division verbally as soon as possible and no later than noon of our next working day. You also must notify us in writing by the end of the source’s next reporting period.
 
You can notify us of a malfunction in any of the following ways: 
  • Email a Malfunction Event Reporting Form to cdphe.APmalfunctions@state.co.us by noon of our next working day. This will account for both the verbal and written notifications in the regulations. The form must be saved on your computer, filled out and emailed as an attachment. 
  • Fax a Malfunction Event Reporting Form to 303-782-0278 by noon of the start of our next working day. This will account for both the verbal and written notifications in the regulations. 
  • Notify us by phone at 303-692-3155 by noon of the start of our next working day, then mail a Malfunction Event Reporting Form (or a letter with the required information) to:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
APCD-SS-B1
Denver, CO 80246

Attention: Malfunction coordinator

We must receive written follow-up reports within 30 days of the malfunction’s occurrence or the end of the source’s next reporting period, whichever is later.
 
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