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Posted on: January 31, 2024

City of Pueblo Invites Public Comment on Possible Application for Minor Modification to Certificate

PUEBLO— The City anticipates that the landfill operator, Waste Connections, Inc., will be submitting an application for a Minor Change to its Certificate of Designation that would allow for the building demolition debris to be disposed of at the Southside Landfill in accordance with the Pueblo Municipal Code, Title IV Building Regulations, Chapter 12 – Solid Wastes Disposal Sites and Facilities.

The City of Pueblo is now soliciting public comment for a period of seven days regarding this proposed designation modification. The public comment period ends on Tues., Feb. 6. Community input is crucial in ensuring that any adjustments made to the landfill's operations align with the interests and concerns of Pueblo residents.

The City of Pueblo has received and reviewed correspondence from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approving a one-time waiver to the Engineering Design and Operations Plan (EDOP) for the Southside Landfill. The modification is intended to facilitate the disposal of special materials resulting from a one-time removal action conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Return to Nature Funeral Home in Penrose, Colorado.

“The City of Pueblo recognizes the importance of transparency and community involvement in decisions regarding waste disposal facilities," stated Director of Public Works Andrew Hayes. "This public comment period allows us to hear directly from our residents and incorporate their perspectives into our decision-making process."

The one-time removal action by the EPA at the Return to Nature Funeral Home is part of a larger effort to address environmental concerns and ensure public safety. More information about this specific project can be found on the EPA's website at

Residents are encouraged to review the details of the project and the proposed modification, and to ask questions or provide feedback to the City of Pueblo within the designated comment period, which ends Tues., Feb. 6.

Public comments can be submitted to the City of Pueblo's Public Works Department via an online form available at

Comments can also be submitted by email to or by mail to: by email to or by mail to:

City of Pueblo Public Works Department
211 E. D Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

“This is an opportunity for our city to help a nearby community as well as hundreds of families that have been hit with an unimaginable tragedy,” said Hayes. “Accepting the building debris will not tarnish the community’s image or infer that the City of Pueblo is somehow complicit. With the proposed safety controls in place, there is virtually zero health risk to the public.”

The City of Pueblo remains committed to ensuring the safe and responsible management of solid waste within the community. All comments received will be carefully reviewed and considered before any final decisions are made regarding the proposed modification to the Southside Landfill's Certificate of Designation.

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