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New Mexico
Environment Department
DOE Oversight Bureau

Welcome to the Department of Energy (DOE) Oversight Bureau (DOE-OB) of the New Mexico Environment Department.

Our mission is to ensure that activities at DOE facilities in New Mexico are managed and controlled in a manner that is protective of public health and safety and the environment.


The mission

The mission is achieved through four primary objectives:

  • Assessing U.S. DOE management of its New Mexico facilities to ensure attainment of public health and environmental standards
  • Providing inputs to DOE for prioritization of its cleanup and compliance activities
  • Developing and implementing an independent monitoring and oversight program
  • Increasing public knowledge and awareness of environmental matters at DOE facilities in New Mexico

In order to meet these objectives, the DOE Oversight Bureau continues to develop and implement vigorous monitoring and assessment programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (SNL/NM), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and areas surrounding these facilities. These programs include both joint and independent evaluations for environmental and public health protection of all media, including air, soils and sediments, groundwater, and surface water.

The focus of these evaluations is on the potential contaminant levels of heavy metals, organic and inorganic compounds, and radionuclides.

The DOE-OB activities are funded through a grant from the U.S. DOE in accordance with the provisions set forth in the site specific protocols between the State of New Mexico and the U.S. DOE.

Sandia oversight section

DOE Oversight Bureau
121 Tijeras Avenue NE, Suite 1000
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3421
Tel. (505)383-2073
Fax (505)222-9510

Los Alamos oversight section

DOE Oversight Bureau
1183 Diamond Drive, Suite B
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Tel. (505)476-3031
Fax (505)661-4958

Wipp Oversight Section

DOE Oversight Bureau
406 North Guadalupe Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Tel. (575)885-9023
Fax (575)887-6852

Harold L. Runnels Building // 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite N4050 // Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 // tel (800) 219-6157, (505) 827-2855

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