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Mission

Our mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets:

Science

Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment.

Innovation

Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges.

Collaboration

Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes.

Compliance

Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.

Non-Employee Discrimination Complaints

NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities. To learn more or to file a complaint, visit our Equity webpage.

Quejas por Discriminación de No-Empleados

El Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México (NMED, por su sigla en inglés) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, discapacidad, edad o sexo en la administración de sus programas o actividades. Para obtener más información o para presentar una queja visite Equity webpage.

Happening Now

14 Apr

60-day Public Comment Period: Sandia National Labs Burn Site Groundwater Area of Concern Remedy Selection

5pm MDT
The New Mexico Environment Department (Department/NMED) proposes to select a remedy for corrective action for the Burn Site Groundwater (BSG) Area of Concern (AOC) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (NTESS) conducted a Corrective Measures Evaluation (CME) to evaluate different alternatives for remediation of the BSG AOC and submitted a CME Report to NMED on January 30, 2023 (SNL 2023). NMED is proposing this action under the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act, NMSA 1978 §§ 74-4-1 to 74-4-17, and under the terms of the Compliance Order on Consent (Consent Order), dated April 29, 2004, executed by NMED and by the DOE and Sandia Corporation. The BSG AOC has been under investigation since the 1990s. Based on the information collected, NMED intends, pending public input, to select a remedy for the BSG AOC.

The public comment period for this Remedy Selection for the Burn Site Groundwater Area of Concern will run from February 15, 2024 through April 15, 2024. Any person who wishes to comment on this action should submit written comments in nmed.commentinput.com… or e-mail comments with the commenter's name and address to neelam.dhawan@env.nm.gov . Only written comments received on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2024, will be considered.
14 Apr

Department’s Analysis Available for Review, Second 30-day Public Comment Period: Mesa Verde Enterprises – MV 400 TPH Astec HMA Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 9079M1

The Department’s analysis, including the draft permit, applicants air dispersion modeling, and draft Statement of Basis are available for review. The second 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Doña Ana County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
14 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Dept of the Army - White Sands Missile Range Air Quality Operating Permit Application P085-R4

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Socorro County, Sierra County, Otero County, Lincoln County, and Dona Ana County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
14 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Transwestern Pipeline Company, LLC-Roswell Compressor Station No9 Air Quality Operating Permit Application P154-R5

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Chaves County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
14 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Frontier Field Services, LLC – Dagger Draw Gas Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application PSD0001M13

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Eddy County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
16 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Western Refining Terminals LLC - Bloomfield-Bloomfield Products Terminal Air Quality Construction Permit Application 0402M13

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under San Juan County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
16 Apr

Webinar: The History if the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) - the first 15 years

9 – 10am MDT
This webinar focuses on approximately the first 15 years of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) - 1974 through the late ‘80s - and the successes and challenges of the Federal and states’ programs to meet the mandates of this legislation. With the 50th anniversary of SDWA coming up in seven months on December 16, 2024, the water sector is thinking about past successes, current challenges, and strategically thinking about the future. This webinar will have a panel from former leaders at EPA and the states that will delve into the early history of SDWA implementation that could provide insights into solving our current challenges.
16 Apr

Community Meeting: Chevron Questa Mine Superfund Site (NPDES NM0022306) / a la reunión de la comunidad del Sitio Superfund Chevron Questa Mine (NPDES NM0022306)

5:30 – 7:30pm MDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), invites you to attend the community meeting for the Chevron Questa Superfund site. The meeting will be held:
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
VFW Post 7688
2597 North Highway 522
Questa, New Mexico 87556

During the meeting, an update will be provided on current site activities and future cleanup work at the Questa Mine. Following the updates, a question‐and‐answer session will be open to the public.

Additional site information is available at the site’s local document repository located at Village of Questa, 2500 Old State Road 3, P.O. Box 260, Questa, New Mexico 87556.

Questions can be directed to Nichole Foster, EPA Remedial Project Manager, at (214) 665‐7248 or foster.nichole@epa.gov; Janetta Coats, EPA Sr. Community Involvement Coordinator, at (214) 665‐7308 or 1‐800‐533‐3508 (toll‐free) or coats.janetta@epa.gov; or Joseph Fox, NMED Project Manager, at (505) 222‐9560 or
joseph.fox@env.nm.gov.

This meeting is being held in a fully accessible facility. Should you have specific needs or questions about the facility, please contact Janetta Coats, EPA Sr. Community Involvement Coordinator, at (214) 665‐7308 or (800) 533‐3508 (toll‐free) or coats.janetta@epa.gov.

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La Agencia de Protección Ambiental (la EPA) de EE. UU., en cooperación con el Departamento de Medioambiente de Nuevo México (NMED) y el Departamento de Energía, Minerales y Recursos Naturales de Nuevo México (EMNRD), lo invita a asistir a una reunión de la comunidad para el Sitio Superfund Chevron Questa. La reunión se llevará a cabo el.
16 de abril de 2024 de 5:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m.
VFW Post 7688
2597 North Highway 522
Questa, Nuevo México 87556

Durante la reunión, se ofrecerá una actualización sobre las actividades actuales del sitio y el futuro trabajo de limpieza en Questa Mine. Después de las actualizaciones, habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas abierta para el público.

Se puede encontrar más información sobre el sitio en el depósito local de documentos del sitio, ubicado en la Villa de Questa, 2500 Old State Road 3, P.O. Box 260, Questa, Nuevo México 87556.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Nichole Foster, gerente de Proyectos de Remediación de la EPA, teléfono: (214) 665‐7248 o correo electrónico: foster.nichole@epa.gov; Janetta Coats, Coordinadora de Participación Comunitaria Principal de la EPA, teléfono: (214) 665‐7308 o 1‐800‐533‐3508 o correo electrónico: coats.janetta@epa.gov, Joseph Fox, gerente de Proyectos de NMED, teléfono: (505) 222‐9560 o correo electrónico: joseph.fox@env.nm.gov.

Esta reunión se realiza en una instalación totalmente accesible. Si tiene preguntas o necesidades específicas acerca de la instalación, comuníquese con Janetta Coats, coordinadora sénior de Participación Comunitaria de la EPA, en el (214) 665‐ 7308 o el (800) 533‐3508 (línea gratuita), o en coats.janetta@epa.gov.
18 Apr

Training: Beyond SCADA: Security Primer for Cloud Data Tools

1 – 2pm MDT
Cloud data collection does not have to be scary, risky, or unmanageable. Aimed at educating operations teams, this webinar will take you through practical foundations and strategy options to have informed discussions with IT and equipment stakeholders around cloud data collection. Learn some networking basics, the tradeoffs between different strategies, and what is critical to protecting your control network infrastructure while gaining the value cloud data offerings provides.
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