NMED/DOE-EM Virtual Meeting On LANL Legacy Waste Cleanup Is Thursday

Editor’s note: Contrary to the news release below, this news release is the first notification of Thursday’s meeting received by the Los Alamos Reporter. Received at 3:52 p.m. today.


The State of New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) is issuing a courtesy  reminder that NMED and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field  office (EM-LA) will host a public meeting on January 6, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in accordance  with Section VIII.C.3.d of the 2016 Order on Consent (CO). This reminder is in addition to English and  Spanish public notices sent to local and regional newspapers, the NMED external events calendar, and  the NMED LANL Facility Mailing List. 

The CO is a settlement agreement between the NMED and EM-LA that was issued in 2016. The  investigation and remediation of contamination from legacy waste at LANL is conducted under the CO.  The CO both guides and governs the ongoing cleanup of legacy waste at LANL through a campaign‐based  approach and the annual planning process. The annual planning process allows for revisions to cleanup  campaigns based on actual work progress, changed conditions and funding. 

NMED will host the meeting and EM-LA will present information concerning cleanup work completed in  federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 and the cleanup milestones and target dates for FFY 2022. The Appendix B  of the CO, which includes the FFY 2022 milestones and targets, is available on the NMED website under  the Compliance Order on Consent at: https://www.env.nm.gov/hazardous-waste/lanl.  

In order to ensure that COVID-19 safe practices are observed, this meeting will be held via WebEx. 

Meeting link: https://hwb.webex.com/hwb/j.php?MTID=me9cffff32ae28b57d7a2bac79d7cbeae Meeting number (access code): 2632 980 0641 Meeting password: iKF3mdHMy73 The WebEx meeting can also be joined via phone: (415)-655-0001 Access code: 2632 980 0641 

Should you need additional information regarding the public meeting, please contact Neelam Dhawan at  neelam.dhawan@state.nm.us or at (505) 690-5469.