Case Work: Water

LANL Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility CWA Permit

LOCATION: Los Alamos
STATUS: Closed
CLIENTS/PARTNERS: Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)


The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility no longer dumps effluents into the canyons that transect Los Alamos. That means that it should be regulated under a different kind of federal permit – a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit that allows for more transparency and public involvement than the current permit. NMELC and its clients are challenging the regulation of LANL’s Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility under the Clean Water Act (CWA) instead of the RCRA, and are working through the EPA’s internal process to get this done.


11/07/2017 – CCNS reply to EPA Region 6 Response and request for oral argument before the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) CCNS Reply to Region 6
09/14/2017 – Filed petition to the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to terminate permit. Petition Request to Terminate NPDES Permit #NM0028355
06/17/2016 – Filed Request to terminate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit.  Request to Rescind NPDES Permit #NM0028355 and Exhibit List to EPA Region 6