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We are committed to meeting our environmental requirements for air, waste, and water quality permitting.

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  • Los Alamos, NM 87545
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Environmental permits

Air quality

The operating permit program, under Title V of the Clean Air Act, streamlines the way authorities regulate air pollution by consolidating all air pollution control requirements into a single, comprehensive operating permit that covers all aspects of a source's year-to-year air pollution activities.

Waste

To closely regulate and ensure proper hazardous waste management practices, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires treatment, storage and disposal facilities to obtain permits to demonstrate compliance with all applicable hazardous waste regulations.

Permits and permit modifications are required to maintain operating status at all of the Laboratory's units that treat, store, and/or dispose of hazardous and mixed waste. LANL has a permit with the New Mexico Environment Department to store or treat hazardous waste at 26 Laboratory sites.

Water quality

As authorized by the Clean Water Act, LANL's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are for monitoring all surface water discharges on Laboratory properties.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Multi-Sector General Permit

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Multi-Sector General Permits regulate stormwater discharges from Environmental Protection Agency specified industrial activities.

  • Permit No. NMR05GB21

Applies to:

  • Metal fabrication
  • Power generation
  • Asphalt production
  • Material recycling
  • Warehouse and transportation activity
  • Treatment and storage of hazardous waste

Requirements:

  • Site-specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for each industrial activity
  • Monitoring of storm water runoff from site specific benchmark parameters and impaired waters, constituents
  • Visual inspection of runoff
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Individual Permit

Authorizes the discharge of stormwater associated with industrial activities from specified solid waste management units and areas of concern, collectively referred to as Sites.

The Individual Permit requires installation and maintenance of control measures, storm water monitoring for site specific benchmark parameters, prescribed corrective action for benchmark exceedances, development and implementation of a site discharge pollution prevention plan, various types of reporting, site inspections, and public involvement through a website and bi-annual public meetings.

Applies to:

  • Stormwater discharges from 405 specified Sites (primarily locations of former industrial activity)

Requirements:

  • Installation and maintenance of control measures
  • Stormwater monitoring for site specific benchmark parameters
  • Prescribed corrective action for benchmark exceedances
  • Development and implementation of a site discharge pollution prevention plan
  • Various types of reporting
  • Site inspections
  • Public involvement through a website
  • Bi-annual public meetings
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Industrial and Sanitary Permit

The Clean Water Act established the requirements for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for point-source effluent discharges to the nation's waters. The Industrial and Sanitary Permit regulates permitted point source outfalls.

Applies to:

  • Eleven permitted point source outfalls in 2014, reduced from 141 in 1993

Requirements:

  • Outfalls sampled weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Construction General Permit

Construction General Permits regulate stormwater discharges from construction activities that disturb one or more acres (or smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale).

For each regulated site, a site specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is developed and implemented. Best Management Practices (BMPs) for storm water management and erosion and sediment control are installed and maintained.

Applies to:

  • Clearing
  • Grading
  • Excavating
  • Stockpiling

Requirements:

For each regulated site:

  • A site specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan is developed and implemented
  • Best management practices for storm water management and erosion and sediment control are installed and maintained
  • Compliance with construction general permit requirements is monitored through regular site inspections

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