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Introduction

The State of New Mexico's authority to regulate the storage and treatment of hazardous waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the protection of human health and the environment is governed under the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act (HWA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Under RCRA, State programs are authorized to operate in lieu of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  New Mexico is authorized by EPA to issue and enforce RCRA hazardous waste facility permits under 50 Fed Reg 1515 (January 11, 1985).  New Mexico implements this authority under the HWA, NMSA 1978, §74-4-1 et seq (Repl. Pamp. 2000).

 

On November 8, 1989, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) first issued a Hazardous Waste Facility Permit to LANL for the storage and treatment of hazardous waste.  On November 30, 2010 NMED renewed that Permit.  In addition to permitting the storage and treatment of hazardous wastes at 24 separate waste management units, the renewal Permit addresses the closure and post-closure care of disposal units located at TA-54 Areas G, H, and L, and corrective action activities for solid waste management units and areas of concern and groundwater monitoring and remediation facility-wide.  This web site provides the public with information regarding NMED's implementation of the Permit, including permit modifications at the request of the Permittees.

 


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February 7, 2014 - The New Mexico Environment Department took final administrative action on a Class 1 permit modification request to revise Attachment K of the Permit. Click here to see the request, the approval letter, and the revised Attachment K.


December 23, 2013 - On December 20, 2013, the New Mexico Environment Department took final administrative action on a Class 3 permit modification request to add the TA-63 Transuranic Waste Facility to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. Click here to see the approval letter, the responses to comments recieved, and the revised parts and attachments.


November 19, 2013 - The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is issuing a Draft Closure Plan for public comment for an Open Burn (OB) Unit at Technical Area (TA) 16 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). See the Draft Closure Plan, Fact Sheet, Public Notice, and Interested Person Letter by clicking here.


November 14, 2013 - The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) an updated Part A RCRA Application. See the Application by clicking here.


September 30, 2013 - The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a Class 3 modification request for the addition of an Open Burn (OB) unit at Technical Area 16 (TA-16-388) to the current permit. See modification request by clicking here.


September 24, 2013 - The Environment Department approved the Class 2 Permit Modification Request, with changes, to increase the storage capacity at TA-54 West. Click here to see the approval letter, the responses to comments recieved, and the revised parts and attachments.


February 5, 2013 – The Permittees withdrew a January 10, 2013, Class 2 permit modification request to increase the storage capacity at TA-54 West (RANT). See January 10, 2013 request, NMED’s fee assessment letter, the Permittees’ withdrawal letter, and NMED’s response by clicking here.

 


January 31, 2013 – The Permittees withdrew a Temporary Authorization request to store and repackage 1.9 cubic meters of Mixed Transuranic waste at TA-55 in Building PF-4 (TA-55-4), Room 432. See the withdrawal letter and NMED’s response by clicking here.

 


January 14, 2013 - Public Notice of Draft Permit - The Environment Department issued a Draft Permit on a Class 3 permit modification request for the Technical Area (TA) 63 Transuranic Waste Management Facility on January 14, 2013 for public comment.  The comment period ends at 5:00 MST, March 15, 2013. The Draft Permit and public notice documents are found by clicking here.

 

 


December 28, 2012 – After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED incorporated a Class 1 permit modification to correct typographical errors in Permit Part 2 and change an address in Attachment D, Contingency Plan into the Permit. The Permittees submitted the Class 1 permit modification on November 5, 2012.  See the Permittees’ notification, NMED’s fee assessment letter, and the revised Permit by clicking here.


December 20, 2012 – After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED incorporated a Class 1 permit modification request requiring prior department approval to split SWMU 32-002(b), located in former TA-32, into two separate SWMUs designated as SWMU 32-002(b1) and SWMU 32-002(b2). See the Permittees’ request, NMED’s approval and fee assessment letter, and the revised Permit by clicking here.


November 29, 2012 – NMED received the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Instances of Noncompliance and Releases for FY 2012, as required by required by Permit Section 1.9.14. See the Report by clicking here.


November 26, 2012 – NMED received the 2012 LANL Hazardous Waste Minimization Report, as required by Permit Section 2.9, dated November 15, 2012. See the Report and NMED’s comments.


October 30, 2012 - NMED incorporated three Class 1 permit modifications into the LANL Permit submitted by the Permittees under cover letters dated June 13, July 30, and September 4, 2012. After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED has revised the Permit accordingly. See the Permittees’ requests, NMED’s fee assessment letter, and the revised Permit by clicking here.

 


October 15, 2012 – The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a Temporary Authorization Request to store and repackage 1.9 cubic meters of Mixed Transuranic waste at TA-55 in Building PF-4 (TA-55-4), Room 432.  See the request by clicking here.


October 1, 2012 – The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a response to the third Disapproval regarding the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63.  See the response by clicking here.


September 27, 2012 - NMED issued a comment letter in response to a request for classification determination from the Permittees to add Macroencapsulation treatment at TA-54 to the Permit. See the Permittees’ request and NMED’s comment letter by clicking here.


August 30, 2012 - NMED issued a third Disapproval letter for the revised Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63 to the current permit. See the letter by clicking here.


July 12, 2012 – The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a response to the second Disapproval regarding the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63.  See the response by clicking here.


June 5, 2012 - NMED issued a Final Determination on a Class 1 permit modification request (PMR) to the LANL Permit submitted by the Permittees under a cover letter dated April 2, 2012.  The PMR proposed 94 revisions to the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (permit) for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED has revised the Permit accordingly.

  •  Go to the Download Page to see the revised Permit and the final determination letter sent to Permittees.

May 24, 2012 - NMED issued a second Disapproval letter for the revised Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63 to the current permit. See the letter by clicking here.


April 16, 2012 – The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a response to the Notice of Deficiency regarding the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63.  See the letter by clicking here.


March 27, 2012 - NMED issued a Notice of Disapproval for the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Open Detonation Untis at Technical Areas 36 and 39. See the letter by clicking here.


February 14, 2012 - NMED issued an administrative completeness and fee assessment letter regarding the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Open Detonation Units at Technical Areas 36 and 39.  See the letter by clicking here.


February 1, 2012 - NMED issued a Notice of Deficiency and administrative completeness and fee assessment letter regarding the Class 3 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63.  See the letter by clicking here.


November 28, 2011 - NMED today notifies the public via a mail-out and publication in major local newspapers that the July 19 and August 18, 2011 permit modification requests (see below) have been submitted to the NMED and that they are available for public review. See the public notice by clicking here. The notice explains that no action or decision is proposed by NMED at this time for either of these permit modification submittals.


On October 24, 2011, Secretary Martin determined that the Class 2 modficiaton request for the addition of the Transurance Waste Facility will be processed as a Class 3 modification.  See determination letter by clicking here.

Also, see August 18, 2011 news below.


October 13, 2011 - NMED issued a Final Determination on two Class 1 permit modification requests (PMR) to the LANL Permit submitted by the Permittees under cover letters dated August 18, 2011.  One PMR notifies NMED that the Permittees have changed telephone numbers listed in the Permit’s Contingency Plan and the title of a training course listed in the Training Plan.  The other PMR reflects minor informational changes to the Permit associated with Technical Areas (TAs) 3 and 55, including clarification of access control and the alarm and exhaust systems at TA-3, and correction of inaccurate dimensions in the Permit associated with TA-55, Rooms K13 and B40.  After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED has altered the Permit accordingly.

  • Go to the Download Page to see the revised Permit and the final determination letter sent to Permittees.

August 18, 2011 - The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a Class 2 modification request for the addition of the Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63 to the current permit. See modification request by clicking here. The Permittees conducted a public comment period and public meetings as regulatorily required. The comments that NMED received during the Permittee's comment period can be reviewed by clicking here.

On October 24, 2011, Secretary Martin determined that the requested permit modification will be processed as a Class 3 modification.  See determination letter by clicking here.

Comments received during the public comment period conducted by the Permittees.  See comments by clicking here.


July 19, 2011 - The Permittees submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) a Class 3 modification request for the addition of Open Detonation (OD) units at Technical Area 36 (TA-36-8) and Technical Area 39 (TA-39-6) to the current permit. See modification request by clicking here. The Permittees conducted a public comment period and public meetings as regulatorily required. The comments that NMED received during the Permittee's comment period can be reviewed by clicking here.


June 3, 2011 - NMED issued a Final Determination on a Class 1 permit modification request (PMR) to the LANL Permit submitted by the Permittees under a cover letter dated March 16, 2011.  The PMR notifies NMED that the Permittees have revised emergency equipment lists, proposed clarifying Permit conditions and inspection activities, and added and removed structures from permitted units.  After ensuring compliance with the applicable permit modification regulations at 20.4.1.900 NMAC, incorporating 40 CFR § 270.42, NMED has altered the Permit accordingly.

  • Go to the Download Page for the Final Determination letter sent to Permittees, and Permit pages showing modifications

Nov 30, 2010 - NMED Issued a renewal permit.

Renewal Permit
     Final Order (196 KB)
     Remand of Final Order regarding Open Burn Units - (December 21, 2010) (98 KB)
     Response to Comments
          Response to Comments Matrix (1,681 KB)
          General Response to Comments (142 KB)
     Interested Person Letter (37 KB)
 
    Public Comments received from July 25, 2010 to May 8, 2010 on the revised draft LANL Permit
    DOE/LANS Comments

 

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