Sandia National Labs: Corrective Action at SWMUs 8, 58, 68, 149, 154 and 502
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation (Sandia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
SNL is located on Kirtland Air Force Base immediately southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Past research and testing activities have created areas of potential environmental contamination; these areas are defined as solid waste management units (SWMUs) and areas of concern (AOCs). These are listed in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Facility Operating Permit (Permit) for SNL.
SWMUS AND CORRECTIVE ACTION
Corrective action is a process that consists of several steps:
- Initial identification and assessment of potential SWMUs.
- Investigation to characterize each SWMU (i.e., collect the data necessary to determine the nature and extent of any releases of wastes or constituents), and to evaluate whether wastes or constituents that are present or may have been released pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment.
- Evaluation of corrective measures alternatives or remedies (e.g., methods for containing or cleaning up releases, if necessary).
- Selection of measures and remedies by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).
- Implementation and completion of the selected measures and remedies.
- Maintenance of controls after completion of the selected measures and remedies, where appropriate.
REQUEST FOR MODIFICATION OF HAZARDOUS WASTE PERMIT
The DOE/NNSA and Sandia have recently completed corrective action at six SWMUs and are requesting that the NMED modify the Permit to designate them as approved for Corrective Action Complete status. Long-term controls will be maintained at one SWMU and one individual feature within another SWMU. This will be a Class 3 (major) modification to the Permit.
A public comment period associated with this request for a Class 3 permit modification began on May 25, 2016. The deadline for all comments was 5:00 pm MST on July 24, 2016.
Comments should be directed to both:
Mr. John Kieling, Chief
Hazardous Waste Bureau, NMED
2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Mr. David Rast
US DOE/NNSA, Sandia Field Office
PO Box 5400
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
All comments directed to David Rast will be forwarded to John Kieling.
DOE and Sandia presented information about the six SWMUs in poster format at a meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (MMMC), located at 501 Elizabeth SE, Albuquerque. MMMC is accessible to persons with disabilities. For additional information, please contact MMMC at 505-275-8731.
The posters were available for review, and personnel from SNL/NM were available to answer questions during the entire meeting. Attendees were also able to make written comments during the meeting. All written comments submitted during the meeting will be forwarded to the NMED.
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS
The documents in this collection include: the DOE/NNSA and Sandia request for a modification to the Permit; reports and other documents describing corrective action at each of the six SWMUs; and posters and other informational materials.
The DOE/NNSA and Sandia also maintain an information repository (IR) that includes numerous documents related to the Permit. The documents are located at in the Government Documents Collection at the University of New Mexico Zimmerman Library. The index of IR documents (and instructions for reviewing the documents) is available at http://www.sandia.gov/RCRA/
Submissions from 2016
Justification for Class 3 Permit Modification, Additional Groundwater Information, Solid Waste Management Units 8 and 58, 68, 149, and 154, Sandia National Laboratories/NM
Justification for Class 3 Permit Modification, Corrective Action Complete, Solid Waste Management Unit 502, Sandia National Laboratories/NM
Notice of a Request for a Class 3 Modification to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Facility Operating Permit, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation
Public meeting materials, Request for Class 3 Permit Modification, Corrective Action Complete, Solid Waste Management Units 8, 58, 68, 149, 154, and 502, Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico, EPA ID Number NM5890110518, U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation
Request for Class 3 Modification to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Facility Operating Permit, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation
Submissions from 2008
Justification for Class III Permit Modification January 2008, SWMUs 8 And 58 Operable Unit 1332Canyons Blast AreaVolume 1 thru 4, Sandia National Laboratories/NM
Submissions from 2006
Justification for Class III Permit Modification March 2006 SWMU 149 Operable Unit 1295 Building 9930 Septic System (Coyote Test Field), Sandia National Laboratories/NM
Justification for Class III Permit Modification March 2006 SWMU 154 Operable Unit 1295 Building 9960 Septic System and Seepage pits (Coyote Test Field), Sandia National Laboratories/NM
Justification for Class III Permit Modification March 2006 SWMU 68 Operable Unit 1334 Old Burn Site, Sandia National Laboratories/NM