Legacy Burden from the State of Colorado Department of Health and Environment (Bob Jorgenson, the Field Services Unit Supervisor ((303) 692-3171, robert.jorgenson@state.co.us)

Compiled from Docket Su-88-21

Records from the Colorado Department of Health of events, interoffice memos, and letters

August 2nd, 1988

Bob Jorgenson met with Southwestern Portland Cement and learned that the cement company wants to burn hazardous solvents and oils for fuel, and also tires. Jorgenson told Southwestern Portland to apply for one permit for the fuel and solvents and another separate permit for the tires.

December 1990

Tom Tistinic informed John Clouse (Colorado Department of Health) in an inner office memo that he had learned Southwestern Portland Cement was indeed burning waste oil and other fuels without a permit. The state informed Southwestern Portland a permit would be required for the burning of waste oils.

February 19th, 1991

Southwestern Portland submits an incomplete permit to burn waste oils and other fuels to the Colorado Department of Health. Pending the submission of other data needed to finalize the permit application, Southwestern Portland said they wouldn't be burning waste oils and other fuels currently because of problems with their 100,000 gallon storage tank and didn't plan to resume the burning of these fuels for three months.

February 28th, 1991

Tom Tistinic of the Colorado Department of Health said in a letter to Southwestern Portland that a permit must first be issued before you can resume burning oils and other fuels. According to Tom Tistinic, subsequent conversation after February 28th 1991, with Randy Wiley of Southwestern Portland Cement revealed they had burned waste oils and other fuels since approx. 1975. Approx. 5,226,000 gallons per year or 88,842,000 million gallons total through 1991.


On August 2nd 1988, when Southwestern Portland Cement Company mentioned to Bob Jorgenson of the Colorado Department of Health that they were interested in burning hazardous solvents and oils for fuel, they had already been burning them for 13 years, since 1975. Furthermore, in December of 1990, when the Colorado Department of Health learned that Southwestern Portland was indeed burning waste oil and other fuel without a permit and told Southwestern Portland they must have a permit, Southwestern Portland continue to burn their oils and solvents for 13 more months before submitting an incomplete application for a permit on February 19th, 1991 which subsequently was never followed through on.

July 30, 2003
Kenneth W. and Mary L. Dobbs, Environmental Justice Project, Lyons, Colorado

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