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 Is the Individual Permit for Storm Water?
The Permit - LANL SWIP Final NPDES Permit
- was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Region 6, on June 29, 2022 to Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management.
The Individual Permit became effective on August 1, 2022.
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 during the Site Specific demonstration (SSD). The SSD places SMAs into one of three tiers. The Tiers are as follows; Tier 1, Site Deletion; Tier 2, Long-term Stewardship; and Tier 3, Corrective Action.
Frequently Asked Questions
IP Document Archive
Coronavirus and the Individual Permit
Documents related to the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on the Individual Permit will be posted here
- July 22, 2020 Notification of Resumption of Operations for Activities under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Number NM0030759
- April 17, 2020 Notification of Force Majeure and Anticipated Noncompliance due to Partial Stop-Work Order for Activities under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Number NM0030759
- Received March 26, 2020 Memorandum: COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program