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New Mexico Environment Department

(505) 827-2855 MAIN
1-800-219-6157 toll free

Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

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NMED Districts
NMED district offices are often the first point of contact for New Mexicans. They are physically located in three sections of the state. Use the map above to locate your district office. .

Response to February 2014 Underground Salt Truck Fire and Radionuclide Release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

We are currently working with many other agencies and groups to assess and monitor the situation and will provide information as it becomes available. More INFO at:

WIPP Issue Information Page

WIPP Documents Page


April 24, 2014:

DOE Radiological Release Accident Investigation Report has been released.

Teams are continuing to investigate underground panels to determine the suspected source of the radiological event.

For additional daily updates, also visit the DOE WIPP website.

WIPP Carlsbad, NM

Administrative Order (2/27/14)

New documents posted 4/23/14

Weekly WIPP Incident Town Hall Meetings in Carlsbad and online - Thursdays @ 5:30 (more INFO)

*this week's meeting will be Wednesday 4/23

Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Clean-up

In August, NMED launched an aggressive campaign to expand clean-up efforts of the Bulk Fuels Facility Spill at Kirtland Air Force Base. The campaign requires the Air Force to meet specific deadlines for addressing three distinct contamination areas of the underground fuel spill:

  • Task 1: To have an expanded Soil Vapor Extraction System in place and operational by March 31, 2014 to address the Vadose Zone.
  • Task 2: To design and implement an interim measure to treat the Light Non Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) by June 30, 2014.
  • Task 3: To design and implement an interim measure to treat the Ethylene Dibromide (EDB) by December 31, 2014.

These interim measures will remediate contamination and produce data results that will assist in the selection of the final remedy, as defined under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

More Information...

Kirtland AFB

August 21, 2013 Press Release

August update slides

Drought and Drinking Water in New Mexico

The recent drought has affected all New Mexicans and left many of our communities vulnerable to water supply and water quality issues. 

Some of us have been affected more than others, but there are steps we can all take to help conserve water for all.

NMED and the Office of the State Engineer are working to protect water quality and quantities.

Together we are working with communities to help ensure safe supplies of drinking water.



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