Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.
The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.
Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers from precipitation, two containers stored for longer than a year, weekly inspections not properly documented and labeling missing the accumulation start date.
The report says that LANL continues to work toward developing additional qualifications and training requirements for waste personnel to improve understanding and knowledge of requirements for the permit.
“The Lab has also developed improved waste management tools to ensure operation record compliance with the permit and is working with waste workers and waste management personnel to identify and implement corrective actions that will minimize and/or prevent recurrence of instances of noncompliance with the permit,” the report states.
“Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to focus on program improvements and assisting hazardous waste generators across the Laboratory to improve compliance on a daily basis,” a LANL spokesman told the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday in an email.