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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

24 Jan

30-day Public Comment Period: Southwest Cheese Company-Clovis Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 3008M6

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 Curry 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.
23 Feb

30-day Public Comment Period: Northwind Midstream Partners LLC-Titan Treater Plant No1 Air Quality Construction Permit Application 7747M5

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 Lea 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.
23 Feb

30-day Public Comment Period: Ozone Precursor Rule – Alternative Compliance Plan Proposal – Kinder Morgan, Inc.

The 30-day comment period is open for this alternative compliance plan proposal. 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 Statewide tab to see documents related to this alternative compliance plan proposal. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
23 Feb

Ozone Precursor Rule – Revised Alternative Compliance Plan Proposal – Energy Transfer Company

The 30-day comment period is open for this revised alternative compliance plan proposal. 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 Statewide tab to see documents related to this alternative compliance plan proposal. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
23 Feb

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.
23 Feb

30-day Public Comment Period: Hilcorp Energy Company-San Juan Gas Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 0613M14

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.
23 Feb

Mesa Verde Enterprises-MV 400 TPH Astec HMA Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 9079M1

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 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.
26 Feb

Public comment period closes: 401 Certification of the El Paso Electric Company Rio Grande Power Station NPDES NM0000108 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para El Paso empresa electrica central Rio Grande NPDES NM0000108

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 El Paso Electric Company Rio Grande Power Station, NPDES permit # NM0000108.

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 El Paso Electric Company Rio Grande Power Station, NPDES permit number NM0000108.

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 .

For this facility, 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.

NMED SWQB will accept written comments until the end of the business day (5pm MST) on Monday, February 26, 2024.

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 cierra para El Paso empresa electrica central Rio Grande, número de permiso NPDES NM0000108 .

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.

NMED SWQB aceptará comentarios escritos hasta el final del día hábil a las (5 p.m. MST) del lunes, 26 de febrero de 2024.

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:
Kate Cardenas, 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:
Kate Cardenas, 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.
26 Feb

Public comment period closes: 401 Certification of the Sierra County Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES NM0030864 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del Condado de Sierra NPDES NM0030864

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 Sierra County Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant North Area, NPDES permit # NM0030864.

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 Sierra County Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant North Area, NPDES permit number NM0030864.

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 .

For this facility, 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.

NMED SWQB will accept written comments until the end of the business day (5pm MST) on Monday, February 26, 2024.

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 cierra para la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del Regional Condado de Sierra Zona Norte, número de permiso NPDES NM0030864.

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.

NMED SWQB aceptará comentarios escritos hasta el final del día hábil a las (5 p.m. MST) del lunes, 26 de febrero de 2024.

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:
Kate Cardenas, 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:
Kate Cardenas, 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.
26 Feb

Public comment period closes: Pojoaque Terraces MHC Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES NM0028436 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del Pojoaque Terraces NPDES NM0028436

This is a notification that EPA’s public notice and associated federal comment period have been closed for the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Pojoaque Terraces Manufactured Housing Community (MHC) Wastewater Treatment Plant, NPDES permit number NM0028436.

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

For this facility, if you have comments that you would like EPA to consider as the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification is drafted, please send them to:
Ms. Evelyn Rosborough
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NPDES Review Section (WD-PN)
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75270-2101
(214) 665-7515 or rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov

EPA will accept written comments until Sunday, February 25, 2024.

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Esta es una notificación de que el aviso público de la EPA y el período federal asociado de comentarios han sido cierra para la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales del Pojoaque Terraces, número de permiso NPDES NM0028436.

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

Si usted tiene algún comentario sobre esta instalación que desea que el EPA considere al redactar la Certificación de la Ley de Aguas Limpias, Sección 401, enviarlo a:
Ms. Evelyn Rosborough
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NPDES Review Section (WD-PN)
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75270-2101
(214) 665-7515 or rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov

EPA aceptará comentarios escritos hasta del domingo, 25 de febrero de 2024.
 
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:
Kate Cardenas, 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:
Kate Cardenas, 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.
26 Feb

Public comment period closes: Pretreatment Program Modification, ABCWUA NPDES NM0022250 / Se cierra el periodo de comentario publico para modificación del programa de pretratamiento de la ABCWUA NPDES NM0022250

This is a notification that EPA’s public notice and associated federal comment period have closed for the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) Pretreatment Program modification request, NPDES permit number NM0022250.

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

For this facility, if you have comments that you would like EPA to consider, please send them to:
Ms. Evelyn Rosborough
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NPDES Review Section (WD-PN)
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75270-2101
(214) 665-7515 or rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov

EPA will accept written comments until Sunday, February 25, 2024.
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Esta es una notificación de que el aviso público de la EPA y el período federal asociado de comentarios han sido cierra para la modificación del programa de pretratamiento de la autoridad de servicios de agua del condado de Albquerque Bernalillo, número de permiso NPDES NM0022250.

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

Si usted tiene algún comentario sobre esta instalación que desea que el EPA considere, enviarlo a:
Ms. Evelyn Rosborough
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NPDES Review Section (WD-PN)
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75270-2101
(214) 665-7515 or rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov

EPA aceptará comentarios escritos hasta del domingo, 25 de febrero de 2024.
 
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:
Kate Cardenas, 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:
Kate Cardenas, 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.
27 Feb

Training: Lead Line Inventory Guidance

12 – 1:30pm MST
Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar: Lead Service Line Inventory Guidance

1. EPA Lead Service Line Inventory Guidance
Developing a lead service line (LSL) inventory and identifying the location of LSLs is the first step for beginning LSL replacement and protecting public health. The purpose of this presentation is to walk through the EPA’s Guidance for Developing and Maintaining a Service Line Inventory. The guidance provides support for the service line inventory requirements according to the 2021 Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, referred to as LCRR.

2. Colorado Lead Service Line Inventory Guidance
This presentation will cover Colorado’s initial service line inventory guidance policy, which builds on EPA’s LSL inventories guidance document. Colorado water systems requested a policy to formalize requirements and expectations related to issues such as calling galvanized lines non-lead, statistical modeling, and non-lead cutoff dates. Colorado will discuss some of state specific policy decisions on the initial service line inventory and potential Lead and Copper Rule Improvements impacts.

 
27 Feb

Webinar: Water and Wastewater Sector Threat Briefing

12 – 2pm MST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Water Infrastructure and Cyber Resilience Division (WICRD), along with partners from the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are offering a virtual threat briefing that will be held on February 27, 2024. The briefing will be unclassified; no clearance is required. It will provide an overview of information on the following topics related to water and wastewater sector security threats and preparedness:

• Potential threats to critical infrastructure (cyber and physical)
• What to do in the event of a cyber or physical intrusion
• Water security and preparedness products and services Who should attend?
• Drinking water and wastewater owners and operators
• State, Local, Tribal and Territorial drinking water and wastewater program personnel
• Water sector association and organization representatives
• EPA Regional personnel
• Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies

Interested in Attending? Please register by February 26, 2024.
28 Feb

Training: Chamita Water Leadership Institute

9am – 3pm MST
As a water and/or wastewater system operator you know that teamwork and communication between regulatory agencies, board members and other support partners is essential as they are all focused on the same objective: providing safe affordable drinking water to the community. This requires operators to be visionaries, to have strong networks, to resolve conflicts, and to adjust and manage change.With that in mind, we have developed an interactive and powerful Strengths-Based Leadership Workshop Series for water operators. Please invite operators and anyone interested in becoming an operator to register soon; registration is limited to the first 50 people. The in-person cohort meets on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 3 PM. 5

New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. 20 New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series

Session 1: February 28
Session 2: March 20
Session 3: April 24
Final Session & Graduation: May 29

All sessions from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lunch will be provided each day

 
29 Feb

Environmental Improvement Board Hearing: EIB 23-59 and EIB 23-75 Amendments to Radiation Regulations

9am – 6pm MST
Public Hearing  for amendments to the Radiation Protection Regulations

Meeting Notice

WebEx:
nmed-oit.webex.com… 
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29 Feb

Training: Jemez Valley Water Leadership Institute

9am – 3pm MST
Local water leaders, staff, and residents of the Jemez Valley/Jemez River Corridor: Are you interested in helping your community ensure it has reliable, clean water? Your voice matters. Communities are developing plans to manage water more sustainably. Join the Institute and be active player in building water resiliency in your area. Space is limited. Register today!

Five (5) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. Twenty (20) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series.

Session 1: February 29
Session 2: March 21
Session 3: April 25
Final Session & Graduation: May 30

All sessions from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lunch will be provided each day

 
29 Feb

Environmental Protection Agency National Water Sector Cybersecurity Drill: A Day Without SCADA

11am – 12pm MST
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EPA will be hosting a free cybersecurity drill for drinking water and wastewater systems. You will gain vital training and experience on two of the most common cyber-attacks; phishing and ransomware. This drill will help your utility to test your ability to identify, report, and respond to these incidents. Join us in this free event that will support the Governance and Training section of your cybersecurity programs.
01 Mar

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.
01 Mar

Environmental Improvement Board Hearing: EIB 23-59 and EIB 23-75 Amendments to Radiation Regulations

9am – 6pm MST
Public Hearing  for amendments to the Radiation Protection Regulations

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01 Mar

Training: Tierra Amarilla Water Leadership Institute

10am – 4pm MST
You are invited to attend the Water Leadership Institute (WLI) to strengthen readiness, planning and resiliency for your water utilities and for you as a leader!

Board Members, Operators, Admin Staff and the Water Community: Join us in a series of workshops developed to assist you meet the challenges water leaders face with regulations, community engagement, funding and workforce. Four (4) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. Twenty (20) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series.

New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. 20 New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series

Session 1: March 1
Session 2: March 22
Session 3: April 26
Final Session & Graduation: May 31

All sessions from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lunch will be provided each day

 
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