New Mexico Environment Department – Ground Water Quality Bureau
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Ground Water Quality Bureau (GWQB) hereby provides notice that the following Groundwater Discharge Permits have been proposed for approval. NMED will allow 45 days after the date of publication of this notice for submittal of written comments and/or a request for a public hearing for a permitting action. Requests for public hearing shall be in writing and shall set forth the reasons why a hearing should be held. A hearing will be held if NMED determines that there is substantial public interest.
After the administrative record for a permitting action is complete and all required information is available, NMED will approve, approve with conditions, or disapprove the Permit based on the administrative record. NMED maintains a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for each permitting action to plan for providing public participation opportunities and information that may be needed for the community to participate in a permitting process.
PIPs may be viewed on-line at https://www.env.nm.gov/gwqb/public-involvement-plans/. Due to the Public Health Emergency, instead of placing a copy of the PIP for this permitting action in a public location, NMED will make the PIP available to the community by sending the PIP by email or US mail to any community member requesting a copy at no cost to the requester. An individual may request a copy of the PIP utilizing the Bureau contact information in this public notice. Please specify how you would like the document delivered. If you request a copy of a PIP, NMED will send a revised PIP if NMED updates the PIP in the future. NMED maintains facility-specific mailing lists for persons wishing to receive associated notices or provide input for a PIP for a permitting action. To learn more about a Discharge Permit and the permitting process, to be placed on a facility-specific mailing list, or to obtain a copy of a draft permit or PIP, please contact the NMED Permit Contact at the telephone number or address provided below. Draft permits may be viewed on-line at https://www.env.nm.gov/gwqb/public-notice/. Comments or a request for hearing regarding a draft permit should be addressed to the GWQB, PO Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469, or emailed to the NMED Permit Contact. If you are a non-English speaker, do not speak English well, or if you have a disability, you may contact the NMED Permit Contact to request assistance, an interpreter, or an auxiliary aid in order to learn more about a Discharge Permit or the permitting process, or to participate in activities associated with the permitting process.
To the extent possible, NMED will arrange for requested interpretation services and accommodations or services for persons with disabilities. Telephone conversation assistance is available through Relay New Mexico at no charge for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have difficulty speaking on the phone, by calling 1-800-659-1779; TTY users: 1-800-659-8331; Spanish: 1-800-327-1857. Telephone interpretation assistance for persons that are a non-English speaker or do not speak English well is available at no charge when calling NMED.
NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. NMED is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972.
If you have any questions about this notice or any of NMED’s non- discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact: Kathryn Becker, Non-Discrimination Coordinator, New Mexico Environment Department, 1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502, (505) 827-2855, email@example.com. If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website at https://www.env.nm.gov/non-employee-discrimination-complaint-page/ to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination. DP-907, Los Alamos County – White Rock Wastewater Treatment Facility: Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities proposes to renew and modify the Discharge Permit for the discharge of up to 820,000 gallons per day of reclaimed domestic wastewater for irrigation. Potential contaminants from this type of discharge include nitrogen compounds.
The facility is located at 600 Overlook Road, and the irrigation sites are county properties located throughout White Rock, Los Alamos County. Groundwater most likely to be affected is at a depth of approximately 563 feet and had a pre-discharge total dissolved solids concentration of 133 milligrams per liter.
Applicant: Jennifer Baca, Engineering Associate, Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 130, Los Alamos, NM 87544. NMED Permit Contact: Gerald Knutson, Environmental Scientist, Gerald.Knutson@state.nm.us, (505) 660-7189.
PUBLISHED IN THE LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2020