Individual Permit

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water associated with historical industrial activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory from specified solid waste management units and areas of concern, collectively referred to as Sites.

Legacy Cleanup

Among other legacy cleanup operations, the work performed under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Individual Permit is managed by N3B for the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, as of April 30, 2018

What's New

Documents recently submitted to the EPRR

December 10, 2019, Draft Agenda: Individual Permit Public Meeting – December 17, 2019

November 27, 2019, LANL – Storm Water Individual Permit – Draft NPDES Permit No. NM0030759

November 27, 2019, NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 – Completion of Corrective Action for Three Sites in 2M-SMA-3 Following Analytical Results Below Target Action Levels

October 31, 2019, NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 – Analytical Results Following Completion of Corrective Action by Certification of a No Exposure Condition at Site 54-014(d) and 54-017 in Site Monitoring Area PJ-SMA-18

October 15, 2019, 2019 Revised NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 Form 1 (October 15, 2019)

October 15, 2019, Revised NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 Form 2F (October 15, 2019)

September 26, 2019, NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 - U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Response to Written Public Comment on the Alternative Compliance Requests for Seven Site Monitoring Areas

September 26, 2019, NPDES Permit No. NM0030759 - Analytical Results for Site Monitoring Area A-SMA-2, DP-SMA-3, and PT-SMA-2 from the First Measurable Storm Event Following Certification of Enhanced Control Measures

What Is the Individual Permit for Storm Water?

The Permit - NPDES No. NM0030759 - - was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, on September 30, 2010 to Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Individual Permit became effective on November 1, 2010. On April 30, 2018, responsibilities, coverage, and liability transferred from LANS to Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC (N3B). N3B and the U.S. Department of Energy are collectively referred to as the Permittees.

The Permit contains nonnumeric technology-based effluent limitations, coupled with a comprehensive, coordinated inspection and monitoring program, to minimize pollutants in the Permittees’ storm water discharges associated with historical industrial activities from specified SWMUs and AOCs. The Permittees are required to implement site-specific control measures (including best management practices [BMPs]) to address the nonnumeric technology-based effluent limits, as necessary, to minimize pollutants in their storm water discharges.

The Permit establishes target action levels (TALs) that are equivalent to New Mexico State water-quality criteria. These TALs are used as benchmarks to determine the effectiveness of control measures implemented under the Permit. That is, confirmation monitoring sample results for an SMA are compared with applicable TALs. If one or more confirmation monitoring result exceeds a TAL, the Permittees must take corrective action. The Permit requires that the Permittees either certify to EPA completion of corrective action at each Site by a specific deadline or seek to place individual Sites into alternative compliance, whereby completion of corrective action will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis pursuant to an individually tailored compliance schedule determined by EPA.