NM proposes revamped waste permit for Sandia Labs
Posted at: 09/18/2012 7:50 AM
By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Existing permits that govern the storage and treatment of hazardous and mixed waste at Sandia National Laboratories would be combined under a new permit drafted by state environment officials.
The New Mexico Environment Department will be seeking public comments on the proposal through Nov. 16.
The proposed permit would allow for the management of hazardous and mixed waste at eight container storage units and one area where explosive wastes could be burned.
The proposal also spells out requirements in the event of a fire, explosion or other release of waste.
Corrective action for cleaning up contaminated soil and water is also addressed. The latest draft has been years in the making.
The department first issued a draft renewal permit in 2007. That was followed by public comments and requests for hearings but differences could not be resolved.
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