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PESA Environmental Policy Committee Compiles Comments for Proposed Rulemaking in Colorado

PESA’s Environmental Policy Committee, led by Chair Patrick Tyczynski, Schlumberger, will present comments next week on a proposed rule in Colorado related to Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM).

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety: The Radiation Program is proposing a new regulation, known as Part 20, for regulation of TENORM. TENORM materials are produced when activities such as uranium mining or sewage sludge treatment processes concentrate radioactive materials that occur naturally in ores, soils, water or other natural materials. The proposed rule may impact facilities producing these materials. Additionally, proposed changes to Part 12 of the regulations would increase registration and licensing fees that may be required for some TENORM facilities.

Colorado is currently ranked sixth in domestic oil production and fifth in natural gas production and has more than 53,000 active wells. Thirty-seven PESA Member Companies provide more than 2,300 high-paying manufacturing and technical jobs in the state.

PESA’s Environmental Policy Committee is compiling comments on behalf of the sector and will submit them to regulators before the June 15 deadline. If you would like to know more about the process, please contact Tim Tarpley, Vice President Government Affairs.