Environmental Programs

The Environmental Programs Division aids in the administration and enforcement of the county regulations aimed at mitigating offsite impacts to residents' health, safety, and welfare, and the environment from specific types of industrial activities and land uses. Community outreach and education on such impacts, regulations, and procedures is an integral component of achieving environmental compliance and protecting public health. Other objectives of the Division include waste diversion and recycling; environmental compliance oversight; air quality initiatives; energy sustainability; collaborating on water quality issues; and participating in state rulemaking processes pertaining to environmental regulations and oil and gas regulations.

Environmental ComplianceEnvironmental Compliance

The role of the Environmental Compliance Specialist is to ensure industrial facilities around the county are maintaining compliance with their operating permits, as well as the development standards and regulations the county has in place to protect the environment and public health.

To report environmental compliance-related complaints or issues, contact Miles Buescher.


Oil & Gas InformationOil & Gas Information

The Adams County Oil & Gas Information page has information on these topics and more:

► Oil & Gas Facility Regulations
► Oil Production and Activity
► Oil & Gas Inspection Program
► Orphan Wells
► Frequently Asked Questions
► Contact Information

Mosquito ControlMosquito Control

Mosquito control for Adams County is provided by Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), formerly called Colorado Mosquito Control, with a local office at 7000 Broadway, Suite 108, Denver. VDCI performs mosquito trapping, larvaciding (treating standing water for mosquito larva), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquitoes), and responds to mosquito complaints for Adams County. Visit our Mosquito Control page for more information.

Recycling and SustainabilityRecycling and Waste Diversion

Check out this page for events and resources related to recycling events and resources and sustainability including:

► Year-round household chemical collection through Veolia
► Upcoming recycling events
► Recycling drop-off locations

PaintCare offers free direct pickup of paint for households in Adams County. Click here for more information or visit PaintCare.org.

For the A-Z Recycling Guide, visit Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) website.

Love My AirAir Quality Initiatives

Our Environmental Programs team is excited to announce this launch of the Love My Air Program in partnership with Tri-County Health Department. These two new air monitors measure a common air pollutant – particulate matter (PM2.5), which commonly comes from vehicle emissions, construction, industries, forest fires, residential burning, and agricultural burning. Visit the regional Love My Air website for a live look at PM2.5 air monitoring at Rotella Park, the Justice Center, and other locations in the area. For more information, contact Katie Keefe at kkeefe@adcogov.org or 720.523.6986.

Our staff is participating in the Greenhouse Gas Roadmap rulemaking efforts including early engagement and feedback in the GHG Emissions and Energy Management for Manufacturing Phase 2 rulemaking process. Staff also attends the Regional Air Quality Council meetings and participates in control strategy workgroups addressing ozone pollution and reducing pollutant emissions contributing to air quality issues in the region.

To learn more on what you can do to improve air quality, visit the Simple Steps Better Air website. More information on regional air quality, air permitting, and state regulatory programs can be found on the Air Pollution Control Division website

News and Updates

May 9, 2022 – The Air Pollution Control Division (“Division”) released the Suncor Plants 1&3 draft Title V operating permit renewal and technical review document for public comment. The comment period is open through Tuesday, June 7. Permit documents can be found in the Division’s Google drive. You can submit public comments using the Division’s online comment form or by sending written comments to cdphe_apcd_airpermitcomments@state.co.us. More information on the public participation process for air permits can be found on the Division’s permitting webpage.

Adams County launched its first Solar Co-op for residents and businesses in support of the 2030 Sustainability Plan goals on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. You can find more information on the Adams County Solar Co-op and upcoming information sessions here.

U.S. EPA sends the Colorado Department of Health and Environment a letter of objection regarding the Suncor Refinery Plant 2 Title V operating permit renewal. Visit the Suncor Refinery Information Updates page for more information on the County’s involvement in this state-level permitting process.

U.S. EPA downgrades the Denver Metro North Front Range area from Serious non-attainment to Severe non-attainment for the 2008 ozone standard under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Thornton Shopping, LLC initiates new phase of off-site BOS-100 injections to remediate groundwater contamination at their site. You can find more information on the historic chlorinated solvent contamination and required cleanup actions here. Questions on the Thornton Shopping, LLC Corrective Action Plan and next steps please contact Lindsay Masters, Environmental Protection Specialist with the CDPHE Corrective Action Unit, at 720.644.6314 or lindsay.murl@state.co.us.

July 2021: Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) rolls out second phase of free private water well testing for PFAS in specific areas. Visit the TCHD’s PFAS Testing webpage for more information and to view a map of the testing focus areas.

June 2021: Rocky Mountain Arsenal 5-Year Review Fact Sheet