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Commenting open: December 20, 2022 08:00AM MT - April 19, 2023 05:00PM MT.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Permit Renewal Public Comment

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking public comment on a Permit Renewal draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (draft Permit) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP, or the Facility). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), (together the “Permittees”), submitted a Renewal Application [WIPP Facility Administrative Record (AR) 200318] to NMED on March 31, 2020, along with an Updated redline strikeout (RLSO) for the Renewal Application [AR 220321] on March 17, 2022. On December 8, 2022, NMED issued a preliminary Renewal Fact Sheet [AR 221207]. Along with this reissuance of the Fact Sheet, a Public Notice is being issued on December 20, 2022, along with the draft Permit, initiating the start of the public comment period. This reissued Fact Sheet, the Public Notice, and the draft Permit are available on the NMED Hazardous Waste Bureau (HWB) WIPP News webpage at:

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NMED issued a Public Notice on December 20, 2022, to announce the beginning of a 60-day comment period in accordance with NMAC. NMED has extended the comment period for an additional 60 days, and it will now end at 5:00 p.m. MT, April 19, 2023. Any person who wishes to comment on the draft Permit and/or request a public hearing should submit a written comment, through NMED’s Public Comment Portal or by email or by postal mail, as detailed in the Public Notice and Fact Sheet. Please include the commenter’s name, and postal or email address. Only comments and/or requests for a public hearing received before 5:00 p.m. MT on April 19, 2023 will be considered.

Please reference the WIPP Renewal Draft Permit.

Written comments should include, to the extent practicable, all referenced factual materials. Documents in the AR need not be re-submitted if expressly referenced by the commenter.

Requests for a public hearing shall provide: (1) a clear and concise factual statement of the nature and scope of the interest of the person requesting the hearing; (2) the name and address of all persons whom the requestor represents; (3) a statement of any objections to the draft Permit, including specific references to any conditions being modified; and (4) a statement of the issues which the commenter proposes to raise for consideration at the hearing. Written comments and/or requests for a public hearing must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. MT on April 19, 2023. NMED will provide a thirty (30) day notice of a public hearing.

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