New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Hazardous Waste Bureau

Guidance Documents

New Generator Rule
The Environmental Improvement Board (EIB), the promulgating authority for hazardous waste regulations, adopted the recent federal generator rules which have been incorporated by reference into the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Management Regulations, 20.4.1 NMAC.  The Hazardous Waste Bureau is providing a New Rule Crosswalk to indicate the previous regulatory requirements and the newly adopted regulations.

With the adoption of the Generator Improvement Rule, NMED will be reviewing Quick Reference Guides, a new requirement for Large Quantity Generators (LQGs).  The Quick Reference Guide is a new part of an LQG’s contingency plan designed to provide easy access for emergency responders to the most critical information for an immediate response to an event. New LQGs submitting contingency plans to local authorities must also include a Quick Reference Guide. Existing LQGs must include a Quick Reference Guide when they update and submit their revised contingency plan to local authorities.  An example of a LQG Quick Reference Guide.

 

Episodic Generators
The new generator rule allows for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) and Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) to have one episodic event a year (a facility can petition for a second event) without being categorized into the next generator size.  According to the new rule, a facility needs to notify 30 days prior to a planned event and 72 hours after an unplanned event.  The facility is required to notify NMED by completing an 8700-12 Notification form; however, a facility also has the option of notifying electronically through MyRCRAid.  Please see the links below for the 8700-12 Notification form and MyRCAid instructions.

e-Manifest
The U.S. EPA has developed the e-Manifest which launched nationwide on June 30, 2018. The e-Manifest provides access to higher quality and more timely shipment data while saving time and resources for states, tribes, and industry. For further information on e-Manifest click here.

2017 NMED Satellite Accumulation Area Policy
NMED’s Hazardous Waste Bureau (HWB) has issued final the Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) Policy for generators of hazardous waste and can be found by clicking on this link. This policy replaces any existing policies, letters, memoranda of understanding, or agreements with any New Mexico facilities.  The document is intended to provide guidance and assistance to hazardous waste generators in complying with the SAA requirements under 40 C.F.R. § 262.34(c), and to ensure all generators are operating similarly and regulated consistently.  The intention of this policy is to clarify HWB’s position and expectations regarding compliance with 40 C.F.R. 262.34(c).  The HWB recognizes due to the great variability of plant design and process layout, every scenario cannot be addressed in the SAA Policy; therefore, we ask that specific facility questions be directed to the HWB Compliance & Technical Assistance Program.

2017 NMED Satellite Accumulation Area Policy

If you have any questions, please contact Janine Kraemer by email at Janine.Kraemer@state.nm.us or by phone at 505-476-4372.

 

Risk Guidance

2019 NMED Risk Assessment Guidance for Site Investigations and Remediation (February 2019)

The 2019 NMED Risk Assessment Guidance for Site Investigations and Remediation updates the 2017 Risk Assessment Guidance.  The 2008 Ecological Risk Guidance has been incorporated into Volume II of the 2017 Risk Assessment Guidance. For clarification, no revisions have been made to Volume II – Soil Screening Guidance for Ecological Risk Assessments (March 2017 revised).

Volume I – Soil Screening Guidance for Human Health Risk Assessment (February 2019; Revision 2 June 2019)

Volume II_- Soil Screening Guidance for Ecological Risk Assessments (March 2017 Revised)

The Excel spreadsheet for the NMSSLs Table A-1 (revised June 2019)

The Excel spreadsheet for Table A-3 Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels (VISL; March 2017 Revised)

 

2017 NMED Risk Assessment Guidance for Site Investigations and Remediation (March 2017)

The 2017 NMED Risk Assessment Guidance for Site Investigations and Remediation updates the 2015 Risk Assessment Guidance.  The 2008 Ecological Risk Guidance has been incorporated into Volume II of the 2017 Risk Assessment Guidance.

Volume I – Soil Screening Guidance for Human Health Risk Assessment (March 2017 Revised)

Volume II_- Soil Screening Guidance for Ecological Risk Assessments (March 2017 Revised)

The Excel spreadsheet for the NMSSLs Table A-1 (March 2017 Revised)

The Excel spreadsheet for Table A-3 Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels (VISL; March 2017 Revised)

 

U.S. EPA Regional Screening Levels (RSLs)

U.S. EPA has established Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) (http://www.epa.gov/region6/6pd/rcra_c/pd-n/screen.htm ) that supersede the former EPA Region 3 (RBC Table), Region 6 (HHMSSL Table), and 9 (PRG Table). In the event that New Mexico does not have a screening value listed in the risk tables, facilities may use these RSLs.

 

Assessing Ecological Risks Posed by Radionuclides: Screening-Level Radioecological Risk Assessment (2-2000)

 

General Reporting Requirements for Routine GW Monitoring (2-2003)

Use of Micropurging and Low Flow Sampling Techniques

 

The following Fact Sheets contain information for the listed subjects:

Dry Cleaners (5-26-2009)

Electronic Cigarette (E-cigarette) Retailers (2017-2-6)

E-cycling Begins With You (6-30-2009)

Making Hazardous Waste Determinations (6-27-2013)

Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals (5-14-2014)

Household Hazardous Waste (2017)

Universal Waste (3-15-2011)

 

Used Oil and Used Oil Filters for Automotive Businesses (10-14-2008)

U.S. EPA Used Oil Management Standards

Hoja de Datos Para Aceites Usados y Filtros de Aceite Usados Para Comercios del Rubro Automotor (8-6-2015)

Auto Salvage Yard (7-30-2016)

Hoja de Datos Para Desarmaderos de Autos / Depositos de Chatarra (7-30-2016)

Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Shops (6-30-2009)

Hoja de Datos Para Talleres de Reparacion y Mantenimiento de Vehiculos (6-30-2009)