The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recently won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of $427,022 that it will use to develop programs to mitigate the risks to public and environmental health posed by hazardous waste facilities.
The grant, provided under the
EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allows the agency to
address highly toxic waste, waste from pollution control devices, increased demands
on natural resources due to increased populations and management of sites with
facilities that were closed while still containing waste.
The NMED will receive a total of $854,044 from the EPA during fiscal year 2017, dedicated toward allowing the department to carry out enforcement, hazardous waste inspections, RCRA permitting, state authorization, program management, public information and corrective activities.
The RCRA program’s mission is to reduce and
eliminate contamination and prevent any contamination that does occur from
harming communities. The program also works to promote community well-being and
promote sustainable lifecycle wastes and material management.