CEMS Hybrid Luncheon – Colorado’s New TENORM Rules – Wins, Challenges, and Opportunities in Compliance – November 8

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Colorado’s New TENORM Rules – Wins, Challenges, and Opportunities in Compliance

Kurt Rhea, Radiation Pros, LLC

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:45am-1pm

Hybrid format – In person and virtual

CEMS has received (1) general CLE credit for this presentation

Presentation Notes


Many environmental professionals in the oil and gas, water treatment, mining, waste disposal, and other industries have fought through the first round of efforts to comply with Colorado’s new TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) rules. The new rules were passed in Colorado on January 14, 2020) and enforcement effectively began on August 15, 2022.  The rule promulgation has impacted multiple sectors – the oil and gas and water/wastewater treatment facilities, in particular. Industries should be aware of the opportunities and challenges in complying with the new rules to optimize their opportunity for success while minimizing liability and enforcement actions.

Having consulted with professionals in each of these sectors, assisting clients with compliance, registration, and licensing related to the new TENORM regulations, Mr. Rhea will be sharing lessons learned during implementation of the new rules including:

  • Outcomes from extensive sampling and analysis initiatives within the oil and gas industry;
  • The strain and challenges facing laboratories, and how optimize sampling, analysis, and interpretation of analytical results,
  • Sectors within Colorado where TENORM has been found more prevalent,
  • Impact to water treatment facility operations, including the requirement for registration, licensing, residuals transport and disposal, and enhanced compliance initiatives,
  • Efforts by landfills to update their waste characterization plans and acceptance criteria to synchronize with the new TENORM rules. Limitations for disposal, and new outlets for impacted waste will be covered.

Finally, Mr. Rhea will provide updates on CDPHE’s roll-out of the new rules, with practical lessons shared about implementation, turnaround time for approvals of SAPs and other requests.

A long-time Colorado resident, Kurt Rhea founded Radiation Pros (Rad Pros) in 2010 as a resource to industry for the management of NORM/TENORM and other hazardous materials. He and the Rad Pros team have been serving the oil and gas, water treatment, and mining sectors ever since. A strong supporter of COGA, API and the U.S. energy industry, Kurt and members of his team have been appointed as Radiation Safety Officers for multiple entities across the U.S. Rad Pros provides industry and regulatory affairs support to their clients, including on-the-ground project work as well as consulting services. The team’s years of experience in managing TENORM waste in the oil and gas and water treatment sectors across the United States continues to provide valuable, waste management, brokering, decommissioning, decontamination, remediation and reclamation services in multiple states. The company also actively supports Covered Colorado, helping victims human trafficking, and the youth in America through FCA.

In Person Location:  Davis Graham and Stubbs, LLP will be hosting CEMS on November 8, 2022.  DGS is located at 1550 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202.  Parking validation is not available. 

Virtual Registration: Please use this Registration Link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing detailed information about joining the webinar.  If you lose your registration or confirmation, or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact CEMS via email admin@coems.org.

In Person Registration: Members may either bring their own lunch and attend the meeting for no charge, or they may request that CEMS order a box lunch for them. The cost of the box lunch for members is $18.00; for non-members, $21.00.  PLEASE give your name, company name and phone number via email to admin@coems.org. PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE RESERVING A BOX LUNCH OR BRINGING YOUR OWN. Reservations must be received BEFORE Friday, November 4, 2022 at 5:00PM. Payment will be accepted at the door with prior reservation. Please cancel your reservation by Friday, November 4, 2022 if you are unable to attend. It is the policy of the Society to bill for meals reserved but unclaimed.

Sponsorship: CEMS accepts sponsorships to defer expenses associated with its webinar series. Information about sponsorship can be found here: Sponsorship Program

Notice: CEMS would like to thank Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP for the use of meeting space and would like to emphasize that the use of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP space does not constitute endorsement of CEMS, sponsors of CEMS functions, or the content of CEMS workshops or meetings.

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