History of Regulatory Oversight at LANL

Excavating temporary landfill
Excavating temporary landfill

1943-1950: Manhattan Project Era

  • Few environmental regulations
  • Best available protection technologies employed, though rudimentary

1950s-1970s: Cold War Era

  • Laboratory moved from townsite to current location
  • Advent of national environmental protection laws
    • Clean Air Act
    • Clean Water Act
    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

1980s-1990s: Non-proliferation/Stockpile Reduction

  • LANL performs radiation contamination cleanups
  • 1989: DOE becomes responsible under RCRA
  • Environmental Restoration Project established by DOE

March 1, 2005

  • NMED, the DOE, and LANL enter into a Compliance Order on Consent specifying the schedule for investigation and cleanup of sites

Today



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