Environmental Assessment Proposing To Address Chromium Contamination At LANL

DOE News:

In this Environmental Assessment (EA), the Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to address chromium contamination in the groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Groundwater sampling data show the presence of chromium contamination in the regional aquifer resulting from historical use of potassium dichromate – a corrosion inhibitor – in non-nuclear cooling-tower water that was discharged to an outfall as part of operational maintenance activities.

DOE’s proposed action is to implement an interim measure that would control offsite migration of the chromium groundwater plume off LANL lands and to evaluate the feasibility of remedial actions to potentially remediate the chromium plume.

Public Comment Opportunities

The 30-day public comment period for the Draft EA begans Sept. 23, 2015, and ends Oct. 23, 2015.

Comments on the Draft EA can be submitted via the following methods:

  • Email: CRProjectEA@em.doe.gov
  • By mail: Department of Energy, Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, 3747 West Jemez Road MS-A316, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
  • By fax: 505.606.2132
  • By phone: 800.342.5363

The DOE Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, in conjunction with the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board, is hosting a public meeting for comment on the Chromium Project. Join us to learn more about the Chromium Project and to comment on the Laboratory’s proposed actions.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend the public open house and poster session 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-A Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque.