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New Mexico
Environment Department

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

In 2011 the Las Conchas wildfire burned more than 150,000 acres around Los Alamos, threatening LANL. Governor Martinez taksed NMED to work with LANL to prioritize cleanup activities.

These include:

  • Disposal of above-ground transuranic (TRU) legacy waste at Technical Area (TA) 54 – Area (MDA) G.
  • Protection of regional water resources: Ground water and surface water sources of drinking water.

A non-binding framework agreement was established January 5, 2012 that includes:

  • How removal of TRU waste from MDA G will move forward.
  • 3,706 cubic meters of above-ground TRU waste planned for removal by June 30, 2014.
  • Newly generated TRU waste produced in FFY12 & 13 stored in MDA G removed by December 31, 2014.
  • Protection of ground water and drinking water.

May 30, 2014 Update

US Energy Department Notifies State of New Mexico that 3706 Campaign Will
Not Meet June Deadline (From DOE)

NMED Statement of DOE Annoucment to 3706 Campaign News Release

Updates (as of September 30, 2013):

  • Project activities are running ahead of schedule
  • Processing waste 7-days/week at TA-54 facilities
  • 2,443 cubic meters of TRU waste shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
  • Material at Risk (MAR) removed from Area G is 31,333 Plutonium Equivalent Curies (PE-Ci)
  • Shipped 580 containers of FY12 and FY13 newly generated waste.  163 containers remain to be shipped.
  • Quarterly Status Reports for the project

Consent Order:

The completion of Consent Order Remedies by December 2015 cannot be met due to:

Permit Modification for the Technical Area (TA) 63 Transuranic Waste Facility (TWF):

TWF will manage Transuranic (TRU) waste once TA-54 Area G is closed:

  • August 18, 2011 Permit Modification submitted
  • October 24, 2011 Class 3 permit determination
  • February 1, 2012 Administrative Completeness Determination issued
  • January 14, 2013 Draft Permit issued for public comment
  • March 15, 2013 End of public comment period
  • NMED reviewing comments and public hearing request
  • Additional information
LANL sign

Hazardous Waste Facility
Permit information

NMED Programs:

Hazarous Waste Bureau

(505) 476-6000

DOE Oversight Bureau's
LANL Office

(505) 661-2760

Tools & Resources:

Intellus (LANL)

A public database providing transparency and accessibility to the environmental monitoring data from in and around Los Alamos National Laboratory.



May 21 , 2014:

Formal response from the Department of Energy / Los Alamos National Laboratory to the May 19, 2014 Administrative Order


May 19 , 2014:

NMED issued a new Administrative Order for Department of Energy / Los Alamos National Security calling for increased precautions for handling and storage of nitrate salt-bearing waste containers.

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