Aug 27, 2007

Environment Department seeks comment on LANL permit

New Mexico Business Weekly - 1:43 PM MDT Monday, August 27, 2007

The New Mexico Environment Department has released a draft hazardous waste facility operating permit for Los Alamos National Laboratory. It is seeking public comment on the document.

The permit governs LANL's operation of 27 waste management units and the closure of three disposal units at the facility. It's designed to work in conjunction with the order mandating a "fence-to-fence" cleanup to remedy past problems and make sure hazardous wastes are properly handled, said John Goldstein, director of the department's water and waste management division.

The fence-to-fence order governs ongoing environmental cleanup and the draft permit requires cleanup activities after the order terminates, as well as ensuring the safe handling, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste at the facility.

The draft permit also establishes closure milestones and requirements for hazardous and radioactive waste landfills at Technical Area 54. The U.S. Department of Energy continues to allow disposal of radioactive waste in one of these landfills, known as Area G.

Under the draft permit, DOE would be required to close that dump and implement a cleanup plan that would protect human health and the environment. The closure plan would be open for public comment.

Written comments and requests for a public hearing will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 26. For more information, go to www.nmenv.state.nm.us/HWB/lanl_perm.html.

3 comments:

John Fleck said...

Unfortunately, the web link sent out with the news release and reiterated aboves is wrong. The draft permit information can in fact be found here:

http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/HWB/lanl_perm.html

Though it appears this evening as though some of the documents that I was looking at from that page this afternoon (specifically, the fact sheet) have now been removed from public view.

Pinky and The Brain said...

Thanks John! It looks like that page is a moving target. Try this,

http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/HWB/lanl__perm.html

for a working link to the fact sheet.

Pinky and The Brain said...

The URL for this page has changed again. If anyone has the new link please post it.