Ryan Flynn Confirmed as Secretary of New Mexico Environment Department (February 18, 2014)
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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is the regulator for the State of New Mexico for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM.
On February 5, 2014, a semi-hauler caught fire underground forcing workers to evacuate. On February 14, 2014, an alarm indicated the presence of radiation in the underground. Since that time, the Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed trace amounts of radiation made it to the surface and were released into the atmosphere around the WIPP facility.
The WIPP underground remains shutdown as the DOE investigates the cause of the radiation. On February 27, 2014, NMED issued an Administrative Order on how WIPP should proceed within their permit while the facility remains shutdown. A copy of the order may be downloaded by clicking on the link to the right.
Check back for further updates.
TOWN HALL MEETING
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a meeting and news conference regarding the WIPP issue:
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:
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.
Office of the State Engineer