The Assistance Agreement between the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of New Mexico provides for independent surveillance programs to review and evaluate facility monitoring systems and sampling procedures, to examine contaminant pathways, and to obtain independent analytical data at and near DOE facilities in New Mexico. Sampling environmental media determines the potential impact from operating facilities or contaminated sites on public health and the environment.

The mission of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED or Department), Department of Energy Oversight Bureau (DOE-OB or Bureau) is to conduct independent environmental monitoring of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) operations in New Mexico to help assure activities at DOE facilities are protective of public health and the environment. To support this mission, the DOE-OB develops and implements vigorous environmental multi-media monitoring programs that include groundwater, surface water, wastewater, air, biota (flora and fauna), terrestrial (sediments and soils), and atmospheric deposition. These monitoring programs also provide the citizens of New Mexico with transparent, unbiased, and publicly available information associated with DOE activities within the State.

DOE operated facilities within the NMED, DOE-OB purview include Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (SNL/NM), and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Please select the Oversight Section you would like to visit below:

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Quick links to other NMED Bureaus and programs:

Licenses & Permits 

Hazardous Waste Bureau

Air Quality Bureau 

New Mexico Produced Water

Cannabis and Hemp Bureau 

Occupational Health & Safety Bureau

Climate Change Bureau 

Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau

Construction Programs Bureau 

Radiation Control Bureau

Drinking Water Bureau 

Solid Waste Bureau

Environmental Health Bureau 

Surface Water Quality Bureau

Ground Water Quality Bureau

Water Resources & Management

Contact us

DOEOB Main Phone Number:
(505) 469-2154

Alternate Phone Number:
(505) 331-3665

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