History of Regulatory Oversight at LANL

History of Regulatory Oversight at LANL

    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


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