The designation gives the EPA authority to review and modify any projects funded by federal financial aid such as loans or grants, proposed over the aquifer. "What we're looking for is anything that might contaminate the aquifer," said Michael Bechdol, an EPA environmental scientist.
Under the designation, the EPA cannot review projects funded through congressional appropriations or contracts, which is the case for much of the work at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Jan 29, 2008
Española Basin as a sole source drinking water aquifer
There has been some clarification of the Environmental Protection Agency's recent designation of the Española Basin as a sole source drinking water aquifer. Staci Matlock of the New Mexican writes about this in her article, EPA designation could help protect aquifer.