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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

27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises LLC-Tagawa Southwest - Estancia Air Quality Construction Permit Application 2128M2

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 Torrance 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.
27 Nov

STATE ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON EXCEPTIONAL EVENTS DEMONSTRATIONS

The New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau has completed a draft exceptional events demonstration for periods exceeding federal air quality standards for particulate matter in southern New Mexico during calendar year 2021. This document demonstrates to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that dust storms generated by high winds, rather than man-made sources, caused exceedances of the national standard for particulate matter in the air. Without this demonstration, certain areas of the state would be in violation of federal standards and subject to stricter air quality rules and requirements designed to meet and maintain the standard in the future. The level of the federal air standards for particulate matter is protective of public health.

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on the draft document through December 8, 2022. The document is available for review at the Environment Department’s field offices and on our website under the Luna and Dona Ana Counties tabs or by contacting the Department at (505) 629-3242.

For more information and to submit comments, please contact Armando Paz, Environmental Analyst, NMED Air Quality Bureau at (505) 629-3242 or at armando.paz@env.nm.gov.

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE MEDIO AMBIENTE DEL ESTADO SOLICITA COMENTARIOS DEL PÚBLICO SOBRE DEMOSTRACIONES DE EVENTOS EXCEPCIONALES

La Oficina de Calidad del Aire del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México ha completado el borrador de demostracion de eventos excepcionales para periodo que exceden los estándares federales de calidad del aire para material particulado en el sur de Nuevo México durante en el año naturales 2021. Este documento demuestra a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos que las tormentas de polvo generadas por vientos fuertes, y no por fuentes artificiales, causaron excedencias del estándar nacional de material particulado. Sin esta demostración, algunas zonas del estado estarían incumpliendo los estándares federales y estarían sujetas a normas y requisitos de calidad del aire más estrictos diseñados para cumplir y mantener el estándar en el futuro. El nivel de los estándares federales del aire para el material particulado protege la salud pública.

El Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México solicita comentarios del público sobre el borrador de el documento hasta el 8 de diciembre de 2022 inclusive. El documento está disponible para su revisión en las oficinas locales del Departamento de Medio Ambiente y en el sitio web bajo las pestañas de los Condados Luna y Doña Ana o comunicándose con el Departamento llamando al (505) 629-3242.

Para obtener más información y presentar comentarios, póngase en contacto con Armando Paz, analista medioambiental de la Oficina de Calidad del Aire del NMED, llamando al (505) 629-3242 o escribiendo a armando.paz@env.nm.gov.

27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: Harvest Four Corners LLC-32-8 No2 CDP Compressor Station Air Quality Operating Permit Application P207R4

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.
27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: XTO Energy Inc. Longhorn Compressor Station Air Quality Operating Permit Application P296

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.
27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: HF Sinclair Navajo Refining LLC (Artesia Refinery) Air Quality Construction Permit Application PSD-195-M40

  • 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.
  • Link in box: https://nmed.commentinput.com/comment/search#
27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: XTO Energy Inc-Maverick Compressor Station Air Quality Operating Permit Application P292

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.
27 Nov

30-day Public Comment Period: Harvest Four Corners LLC-Crow Mesa Compressor Station Air Quality Construction Permit Application 5695M2

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.
28 Nov

Public comment period closes: 401 Certification of the Oshara Village NPDES NM0030813 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para planta de tratamiento de aguas residuale del Oshara Village NPDES NM0030813

The NMED Surface Water Quality Bureau closes the comment period for Clean Water Act 401 Certification of the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the Oshara Village Water Reclamation Facility (NPDES NM0030813).

This is a notification that EPA’s public notice and associated federal comment period have been opened for the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Oshara Village Water Reclamation Facility (NPDES NM0030813)..

Additionally, NMED has opened the simultaneous comment period for the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification of the draft NPDES permit.

When EPA Region 6 drafts a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a discharge into one of New Mexico’s surface waters, NMED has an opportunity to assure that the discharge will not negatively affect the receiving waterbodies. This is documented through the 401 Certification and is required in accordance with state regulations at 20.6.2.2001 NMAC. NMED can make the draft permit more stringent if based on state law or can make comments to EPA for consideration in the final permit. NMED also has the authority to deny certification if the permitting circumstances will not guarantee that the discharge will meet water quality standards. 

The draft permit, draft fact sheet/statement of basis, and other associated information can be found at the EPA public notice website and the NMED public notice website .

If you have comments that you would like NMED to consider as the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification is drafted, please submit them using the NMED Public Comment Portal or send them to:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat, Program Manager
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone 505-946-8924
email susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov
Tutorial videos on how to use the Public Comment Portal are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information on the draft permit, contact the following assigned staff contact:
Jason Martinez
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
jason.martinez2@env.nm.gov
505‐827‐0160

NMED SWQB will accept written comments until the end of the business day (5pm MST) on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Persons who need language services (e.g., assistance for an interpreter) or persons with disabilities who need services to participate in this public process should contact:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone (505) 946-8924
email susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov

TDD or TTY users please access the number via the New Mexico Relay Network, 1-800-659-1779 (voice); TTY users: 1-800-659-8331.
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Anuncio del aviso público sobre el Certificación de la Sección 401 de la Ley de Aguas Limpias

Esta es una notificación de que el aviso público de la EPA y el período federal asociado de comentarios han sido abiertos para el borrador de la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del pueblo de Chama NPDES NM0027731.

Además, NMED ha abierto el período simultáneo de comentarios para la Certificación de la Sección 401 de la Ley de Agua Limpia del borrador del permiso NPDES mencionado anteriormente.

Cuando la Región 6 de la EPA redacta un permiso del Sistema Nacional de Eliminación de Descargas de Contaminantes (NPDES, por sus siglas en inglés) para una descarga en aguas superficiales de Nuevo México, se requiere que NMED concuerde con que la descarga no afectará negativamente a los cuerpos de agua receptores. Esto se documenta a través de la certificación 401 y se requiere de acuerdo con 20.6.2.2001 NMAC. NMED puede hacer que el borrador del permiso sea más estricto si se basa en la ley estatal o puede hacer comentarios a la EPA para su consideración en el permiso final. NMED también tiene la autoridad para denegar la certificación si las circunstancias de los permisos no garantizan que la descarga cumpla con los estándares de calidad del agua.

El permiso, la hoja de datos/declaración de base y otra información relacionada se pueden encontrar en los siguientes sitios web del EPA y sitios web del NMED .

Si usted tiene algún comentario sobre esta instalación que desea que el NMED considere al redactar la Certificación de la Ley de Aguas Limpias, Sección 401, sírvase envíelos utilizando el Portal de Comentarios Públicos de NMED o enviarlo a:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat, Program Manager
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono 505-946-8924
correo electrónico susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov
Los videos tutoriales sobre cómo usar el Portal de comentarios públicos están disponibles en inglés y español.

Para más información sobre el permiso preliminar, comuníquese con el integrante del personal asignado como contacto:
Jason Martinez
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
jason.martinez2@env.nm.gov
505‐827‐0160

NMED SWQB aceptará comentarios escritos hasta el final del día hábil a las (5 p.m. MST) del lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2022.

Las personas que necesiten asistencia de lenguaje (por ejemplo, asistencia para un intérprete) o las personas que tengan una discapacidad o que necesiten ayuda para participar en este proceso público deberán comunicarse con:

Susan A. Lucas Kamat
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono (505) 946-8924
correo electrónico susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov

Los usuarios de TDD o TTY pueden acceder al número a través de la red de retransmisión de Nuevo México, 1-800-659-1779 (voz); usuarios de TTY: 1-800-659-8331.
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. If you have any questions about any of the NMED’s non-discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact:
Kathryn Becker, NMED’s Non-Discrimination Coordinator
1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone (505) 827-2855
email nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination.

El Departamento del 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, según lo exigido por las leyes y los reglamentos correspondientes. Si tiene preguntas sobre cualquier programa de no discriminación, norma o procedimiento de NMED, puede comunicarse con:
Kathryn Becker, la Coordinadora de No Discriminación de NMED
1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono (505) 827-2855
correo electrónico nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

Si piensa que ha sido discriminado con respecto a un programa o actividad de NMED, puede comunicarse con la Coordinadora de No Discriminación antes indicada o visitar nuestro sitio web para saber cómo y dónde presentar una queja por discriminación.
28 Nov

Public comment period closes: 401 Certification of the Village of Chama Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES NM0027731 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para planta de tratamiento de aguas residuale del pueble de Chama NPDES NM0027731

The NMED Surface Water Quality Bureau closes the comment period for Clean Water Act 401 Certification of the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the Village of Chama Wastewater Treatment Plant (NPDES NM0027731).

This is a notification that EPA’s public notice and associated federal comment period have been opened for the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Village of Chama Wastewater Treatment Plant (NPDES NM0027731).

Additionally, NMED has opened the simultaneous comment period for the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification of the draft NPDES permit.

When EPA Region 6 drafts a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a discharge into one of New Mexico’s surface waters, NMED has an opportunity to assure that the discharge will not negatively affect the receiving waterbodies. This is documented through the 401 Certification and is required in accordance with state regulations at 20.6.2.2001 NMAC. NMED can make the draft permit more stringent if based on state law or can make comments to EPA for consideration in the final permit. NMED also has the authority to deny certification if the permitting circumstances will not guarantee that the discharge will meet water quality standards. 

The draft permit, draft fact sheet/statement of basis, and other associated information can be found at the EPA public notice website and the NMED public notice website .

If you have comments that you would like NMED to consider as the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification is drafted, please submit them using the NMED Public Comment Portal or send them to:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat, Program Manager
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone 505-946-8924
email susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov
Tutorial videos on how to use the Public Comment Portal are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information on the draft permit, contact the following assigned staff contact:
Jason Martinez
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
jason.martinez2@env.nm.gov
505‐827‐0160

NMED SWQB will accept written comments until the end of the business day (5pm MST) on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Persons who need language services (e.g., assistance for an interpreter) or persons with disabilities who need services to participate in this public process should contact:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone (505) 946-8924
email susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov

TDD or TTY users please access the number via the New Mexico Relay Network, 1-800-659-1779 (voice); TTY users: 1-800-659-8331.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Anuncio del aviso público sobre el Certificación de la Sección 401 de la Ley de Aguas Limpias

Esta es una notificación de que el aviso público de la EPA y el período federal asociado de comentarios han sido abiertos para el borrador de la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del pueblo de Chama NPDES NM0027731.

Además, NMED ha abierto el período simultáneo de comentarios para la Certificación de la Sección 401 de la Ley de Agua Limpia del borrador del permiso NPDES mencionado anteriormente.

Cuando la Región 6 de la EPA redacta un permiso del Sistema Nacional de Eliminación de Descargas de Contaminantes (NPDES, por sus siglas en inglés) para una descarga en aguas superficiales de Nuevo México, se requiere que NMED concuerde con que la descarga no afectará negativamente a los cuerpos de agua receptores. Esto se documenta a través de la certificación 401 y se requiere de acuerdo con 20.6.2.2001 NMAC. NMED puede hacer que el borrador del permiso sea más estricto si se basa en la ley estatal o puede hacer comentarios a la EPA para su consideración en el permiso final. NMED también tiene la autoridad para denegar la certificación si las circunstancias de los permisos no garantizan que la descarga cumpla con los estándares de calidad del agua.

El permiso, la hoja de datos/declaración de base y otra información relacionada se pueden encontrar en los siguientes sitios web del EPA y sitios web del NMED .

Si usted tiene algún comentario sobre esta instalación que desea que el NMED considere al redactar la Certificación de la Ley de Aguas Limpias, Sección 401, sírvase envíelos utilizando el Portal de Comentarios Públicos de NMED o enviarlo a:
Susan A. Lucas Kamat, Program Manager
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono 505-946-8924
correo electrónico susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov
Los videos tutoriales sobre cómo usar el Portal de comentarios públicos están disponibles en inglés y español.

Para más información sobre el permiso preliminar, comuníquese con el integrante del personal asignado como contacto:
Jason Martinez
NMED SWQB Point Source Regulation Section
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
jason.martinez2@env.nm.gov
505‐827‐0160

NMED SWQB aceptará comentarios escritos hasta el final del día hábil a las (5 p.m. MST) del lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2022.

Las personas que necesiten asistencia de lenguaje (por ejemplo, asistencia para un intérprete) o las personas que tengan una discapacidad o que necesiten ayuda para participar en este proceso público deberán comunicarse con:

Susan A. Lucas Kamat
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono (505) 946-8924
correo electrónico susan.lucaskamat@env.nm.gov

Los usuarios de TDD o TTY pueden acceder al número a través de la red de retransmisión de Nuevo México, 1-800-659-1779 (voz); usuarios de TTY: 1-800-659-8331.
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. If you have any questions about any of the NMED’s non-discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact:
Kathryn Becker, NMED’s Non-Discrimination Coordinator
1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
telephone (505) 827-2855
email nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination.

El Departamento del 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, según lo exigido por las leyes y los reglamentos correspondientes. Si tiene preguntas sobre cualquier programa de no discriminación, norma o procedimiento de NMED, puede comunicarse con:
Kathryn Becker, la Coordinadora de No Discriminación de NMED
1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
teléfono (505) 827-2855
correo electrónico nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

Si piensa que ha sido discriminado con respecto a un programa o actividad de NMED, puede comunicarse con la Coordinadora de No Discriminación antes indicada o visitar nuestro sitio web para saber cómo y dónde presentar una queja por discriminación.
28 Nov

Training: Wastewater Treatment Basics & Low-Cost Nutrient Removal (Day 1)

8am – 5pm MST
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS & NUTRIENT REMOVAL
Focusing on low cost methods to remove nitrogen & phosphorous from wastewater
Funded by the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department and conducted by Daniel B. Stephens & Associates.

Course Details
Improve your understanding of wastewater treatment including physical, biological and chemical treatment, typical treatment trains, and advanced topics such as nitrification and denitrification, biological phosphorus removal, and chemical removal of nitrogen and phosphorus.
The second day will focus on case studies and discussion of the participant’s treatment
facilities, permit limits, challenges and potential solutions.

15 Continuing Education Hours
Earn 15 continuing education credit hours toward your New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Program renewal. Credit hours dependent on attendance (7.5 credits per day).

Technical Assistance Site Visit
A technical assistance site visit is included. Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc will evaluate facilities and make recommendations for treatment optimization. Utilities will be provided a written report which can be used to apply for Clean Water State Revolving Funds.

Registration
Please include your NM Operator ID #, valid phone, and email address in your registration email to nrebarchik@geo-logic.com or phone call to (505) 822-9400.

Agenda
Day 1 Topic Description
• Wastewater fundamentals - a review of wastewater characteristics, and operating parameters as well as basics of treatment.
• Fundamentals of Biological Treatment - this course will review concepts of activated sludge processes for nutrient removal.
• Regulations – overview of associated regulations and permitting (e.g., MS4, NPDES, etc.).
• Nutrient removal – this course will cover the fundamentals of nitrogen and phosphorus removal with an opportunity for discussion specific to the participants’ facilities to identify potential low-cost methods for nutrient removal.
• Regulatory framework for nutrient removal.

Day 2 Work Session Description
The 2nd day will focus on case studies and troubleshooting the participant’s particular WWTP-specific challenges. Come prepared to describe your plant’s configuration and difficulties in a peer-to-peer setting.

Resources
This book will include topics and discussion from “Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I: Liquid Treatment” by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) 2018. To purchase this self-study manual, go to www.wef.org….

Keywords: “Wastewater”; “Utility Training”; “Sustainable Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG)”; "Nutrients"
29 Nov

Training: Wastewater Treatment Basics & Low-Cost Nutrient Removal (Day 2)

8am – 5pm MST
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS & NUTRIENT REMOVAL
Focusing on low cost methods to remove nitrogen & phosphorous from wastewater
Funded by the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department and conducted by Daniel B. Stephens & Associates.

Course Details
Improve your understanding of wastewater treatment including physical, biological and chemical treatment, typical treatment trains, and advanced topics such as nitrification and denitrification, biological phosphorus removal, and chemical removal of nitrogen and phosphorus.
The second day will focus on case studies and discussion of the participant’s treatment
facilities, permit limits, challenges and potential solutions.

15 Continuing Education Hours
Earn 15 continuing education credit hours toward your New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Program renewal. Credit hours dependent on attendance (7.5 credits per day).

Technical Assistance Site Visit
A technical assistance site visit is included. Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc will evaluate facilities and make recommendations for treatment optimization. Utilities will be provided a written report which can be used to apply for Clean Water State Revolving Funds.

Registration
Please include your NM Operator ID #, valid phone, and email address in your registration email to nrebarchik@geo-logic.com or phone call to (505) 822-9400.

Agenda
Day 1 Topic Description
• Wastewater fundamentals - a review of wastewater characteristics, and operating parameters as well as basics of treatment.
• Fundamentals of Biological Treatment - this course will review concepts of activated sludge processes for nutrient removal.
• Regulations – overview of associated regulations and permitting (e.g., MS4, NPDES, etc.).
• Nutrient removal – this course will cover the fundamentals of nitrogen and phosphorus removal with an opportunity for discussion specific to the participants’ facilities to identify potential low-cost methods for nutrient removal.
• Regulatory framework for nutrient removal.

Day 2 Work Session Description
The 2nd day will focus on case studies and troubleshooting the participant’s particular WWTP-specific challenges. Come prepared to describe your plant’s configuration and difficulties in a peer-to-peer setting.

Resources
This book will include topics and discussion from “Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I: Liquid Treatment” by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) 2018. To purchase this self-study manual, go to www.wef.org….

Keywords: “Wastewater”; “Utility Training”; “Sustainable Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG)”; "Nutrients"
29 Nov

Public Hearing before the Secretary: Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau - Cisneros

8:30am – 6:30pm MST
PSTB 22-63 Request for Hearing concerns a Red Tag received by Juan Cisneros.

WebEx link:
nmed-oit.webex.com… 

Meeting number: 2453 906 5469
Password: hJZCjdPM938

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2453 906 5469
30 Nov

Reminder: Water Conservation Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year

5pm MST

Description: The Water Conservation Fund (WCF) Report summarizes state fiscal year expenditures and accomplishments delivered by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB). This report provides accountability and transparency on how NMED administers the WCF. The actual expenditures and the benefits provided to public water systems throughout the State are described in this report.

Keywords: “Annual Report”; “Water Conservation Fund (WCF)”; "Drinking Water"

01 Dec

Reminder: Send tank system testing results to Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau

Owners, operators, and testers of petroleum storage tank systems, please email all required tank system test results to: PSTB.compliance@env.nm.gov with a copy to the facility inspector, if known, to allow for receipt and tracking of these reports. Report a suspected or confirmed leak or spill from a petroleum storage tank within 24 hours here (this includes failed or inconclusive test results). Send passing test results within 60 days of when they're done.

Please name the documents you send as follows:

[Facility ID#] [Owner ID#] [Facility name] [Type of Test] [Date of Test]

For example: 30211 53489 Jack’s Quick Mart ATG Test 2021-06-25

The facility ID# and Owner ID# are on the registration certificates you receive after you pay your tank fees every year or may be found in the storage tank lists available near the bottom of the main PSTB (Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau)  webpage, https://www.env.nm.gov/petroleum_storage_tank/.

Information that must be included in reports:

  1. facility name and address;
    (2) facility ID number;
    (3) owner and operator name and address;
    (4) owner ID number;
    (5) date report was completed;
    (6) date of the test;
    AND MORE. See 20.5.107.715.D NMAC and others referred to below.

PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE TANK ID #

New Mexico's Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations are at 20.5 NMAC. You can look up different parts at https://www.srca.nm.gov/chapter-5-petroleum-storage-tanks/ or download the whole book here.

If you are unable to email required test results to PSTB.compliance@env.nm.gov, mail them to: Testing Results, PSTB, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505.The Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations (20.5 NMAC) that were adopted by the Environmental Improvement Board on May 25, 2018 and effective July 24, 2018 require that most test result reports be sent to the Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau:

  • Storage tank system owners and operators must provide the department all reports as required in 20.5.107 NMAC within 60 days of completion of the tests (20.5.107.715.B NMAC). Owners and operators must report any failed tests or inspections to the department within 24 hours of completion of the test or inspection in accordance with 20.5.118 NMAC (20.5.107.715.C NMAC). 20.5.107.715.D NMAC lists what must be included in the reports. Similar requirements are outlined in 20.5.108.816 NMAC, 20.5.110.1016 NMAC, and 20.5.111.1112 NMAC.
  • Failing or abnormal results of ANY test or monitoring result, including investigation of an alarm, are signs of a suspected release, and owners, installers, junior installers, and testers must report these within 24 hours both by sending them to PSTB.Compliance@env.nm.gov with a cc to the PSTB inspector AND by contacting the Leak of the Week listed here: https://cloud.env.nm.gov/waste/pages/download.php?direct=1&ref=13965&size=&ext=pdf or by calling (505) 827-9329 outside of state business hours if it's an emergency. Owners and operators must also investigate these suspected releases within seven (7) days of discovery and conduct appropriate testing, site check, etc. (20.5.118.1801 NMAC).
  • Unless an owner or operator shows within 30 days that a release that was reported as a suspected release is not a release, it will be treated as a confirmed release, and you must comply with 20.5.118 NMAC and 20.5.119 or 120 NMAC, including taking corrective action, for confirmed releases.

Other requirements pertaining to testing of tanks include:

  • A qualified tester must perform the first test or inspection of existing spill and overfill prevention equipment and interstitial monitoring containment sumps by July 24, 2021. (5.105 NMAC; 20.5.106.613 NMAC, 20.5.107.704, 707, & 714 NMAC, 20.5.108.811 & 813 NMAC, 20.5.109.910 NMAC, 20.5.110.1005 & 1015 NMAC).
  • If you have a UST and/or piping that uses ATG (automatic tank gauging)(only allowed on USTs and/or piping installed before April 4, 2008), a qualified tester must test it at least annually by July 24, 2021 . (20.5.105 NMAC; 20.5.108.805 NMAC, 20.5.108.815 & 816 NMAC).

Helpful brochures to explain many requirements of the regulations are available at: https://www.env.nm.gov/petroleum_storage_tank/guidance-documents-ast-and-ust/

Find your tank inspector here: https://cloud.env.nm.gov/waste/pages/view.php?ref=10632&k=fa934e9692.
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