Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested
August 8, 2000
Dr. Inés Triay, Manager Mr. Joe Epstein, General Manager
Carlsbad Area Office Westinghouse Waste Isolation Division
Department of Energy P.O. Box 2078
P. O. Box 3090 Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221‑5608
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221‑3090
RE: Final Determination, Class 2 Modification Requests
WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit
EPA I.D. Number NM4890139088
Dear Dr. Triay and Mr. Epstein:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) hereby approves the Class 2 permit modification requests to the WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit as submitted to the Hazardous Waste Bureau (HWB) in the following documents:
These modifications were processed by NMED in accordance with the requirements specified in 126.96.36.1990 NMAC (incorporating 40 CFR §270.42(b)). The approved modifications are incorporated in the following attachments:
An additional attachment, containing the clean replacement modules and attachments to the permit affected by these modifications, will be provided under separate cover at a later date.
WIPP is requested to place Attachment 1 in the front of the permit to provide a historical record of modifications (other than Class 1 modifications) to the permit. The effective date of the permit modification approval is your date of receipt of this letter.
For purposes of version control, please note that the date of these modified pages, modules, and attachments has been established as August 8, 2000. These modified pages also include all Class 1 modifications implemented under the conditions specified in 188.8.131.520 NMAC (incorporating 40 CFR §270.42(a)(1)), as identified in the August 4, 2000 administrative completeness determination issued by HWB.
These Class 2 modifications were subject to sixty (60) day public comment periods, which ran from April 12 through June 12, 2000 for the April 7, 2000 submittal, and from April 26 through June 26, 2000 for the April 20, 2000 submittal. Due to public confusion over the appropriate comment deadlines, NMED accepted all comments submitted by the latest deadline. NMED received written comments from twenty-two individuals and organizations during this time. The list of commentors and NMED’s responses to these comments are incorporated in the following attachments:
· Attachment 3 is a list of commentors, their affiliation, the date their comment was received, and a breakdown of the comment topic areas.
· Attachment 4 is a spreadsheet providing NMED’s direct response to each comment submitted. This document will be mailed to each individual commentor.
· Attachment 5 is a general summary of the permit modification requests, the typical comments received, and NMED’s general response to those comments. This document will be mailed to all other individuals and organizations on NMED’s WIPP facility mailing list.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Steve Zappe at (505) 827-1560, x1013.
Gregory J. Lewis
Water and Waste Management Division
cc w/all attachments:
Connie Walker, TechLaw
File: Red WIPP ‘00
cc w/o Attachment 2:
James Bearzi, NMED HWB
John Kieling, NMED HWB
Steve Zappe, NMED HWB
Susan McMichael, NMED OGC
David Neleigh, EPA Region 6