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

About Us – Permits Management Program

Permits Management Program

The Permits Management Program is responsible for the management and implementation of RCRA (Subtitle C) permits and corrective action at treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs), Permitted Hazardous Waste Facilities, throughout the State of New Mexico, exclusive of Indian lands.

The program reviews permit applications, modifications, closure plans and post-closure care applications for hazardous waste treatment, storage and/or disposal for compliance with the hazardous waste regulations and with generally technical standards, and for the preparation of draft and final permits.  The program also handles corrective action work plans and reports, such as RCRA facility investigations, accelerated corrective actions, interim measures, and corrective measure studies.  These documents are reviewed, and comments are provided to the permitted facilities for cleanup and remedy activities of solid waste management units and areas of concern.  Staff are available for consultation regarding regulatory requirements, policy and guidance by the regulated community and other interested parties.

The program conducts soil, ground water, and surface water sampling events at TSDFs, provides response to citizen inquiries, and coordinates with other NMED programs and the U.S. EPA on permitting, corrective action and remediation issues.  In addition to these activities the program also implements and provides regulatory oversight of the Federal Facility Compliance Orders (FFCO) for mixed waste issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories under the Federal Facilities Compliance Act (FFCA).