New Mexico
Environment Department

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

Radiation Control Bureau

Radiological and Chemical Advocacy Office






To provide advocacy, technical assistance, and to act as a liaison for those claimant’s whose claims have been denied or who encountered obstacles with the claims process.


The New Mexico Radiological and Chemical Advocacy Office (RCAO), was established in 2007 and is the only one of its kind in the nation. Our office assists nuclear workers who have become ill as a result of the occupational exposures received while working for contractors or subcontractors of Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, or in the uranium mining industries throughout New Mexico.

New Mexico is home to numerous DOE facilities and uranium mines. Thousands of workers have filed for consideration of benefits through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICP). Unfortunately, denial of claims does occur in some instances.

NMED RCAO has been instrumental in:

  • Assisting claimants in overturning denial
  • Receiving compensation and medical benefits


Workers who suffer from cancer, asbestosis, beryllium disease, and other occupational illnesses may be entitled to benefits, however, the claims process is complicated and can be overwhelming. Our office staff is dedicated to our clients and strives to provide excellent customer service in working to resolve complications encountered by the claimant.

The Office of Nuclear Workers’ Advocacy networks with representatives of DOE, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and congressional and legislative leaders in an effort to resolve claimant concerns.

New Mexico DOE Facilities include:

  • Accurate Machine Tool
  • Albuquerque Operations Office
  • Chupadera Mesa
  • Hanger 481
  • Kirtland Operations Office
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  • Ore Buying Station at Grants, N.M.
  • Ore Buying Station at Shiprock
  • Project Gasbuggy Nuclear Explosion Site
  • Project Gnome Nuclear Explosion Site
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • South Albuquerque Works
  • Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site
  • Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)


New Mexico Environment Department
Radiological and Chemical Advocacy Office

Santiago Rodriguez, Bureau Chief
(505) 476-8604

Loretta Valerio – Program Manager
Phone: (505) 753 7256 ext. 106
Fax:     (505) 476 8654

Valerie Montoya-Ortiz, Administrator

Mailing Address Street Address
Radiological and Chemical Advocacy Office
New Mexico Environment Department
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502-5469

Radiological and Chemical Advocacy Office
New Mexico Environment Department
Montoya Building
1100 St. Francis Drive, Suite 2022
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

RCAO Advocates

Daniel Ortiz
(505) 827 2559


Bernadette Montoya

E-mail address