Sandia National Laboratories Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Operating Permit


Documents in this category include the RCRA Facility Operating Permit, applications, modification requests, and correspondence. Some of these documents are also available through the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau.

Hazardous and mixed wastes are generated during ongoing operations at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). These wastes are stored or treated in one of nine on-site Permitted Units. The wastes and treatment residues are then packaged and sent to other permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facilities throughout the United States. An additional unit is undergoing post-closure care under the RCRA Facility Operating Permit.

SNL is owned by the Department of Energy (DOE) and operated by Sandia Corporation (Sandia), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. RCRA permits issued by the NMED apply to both the owner and operator.

Permitted Units

DOE and Sandia operate ten Permitted Units at SNL (listed in the table) under the terms of the RCRA Facility Operating Permit that took effect on February 26, 2015.

Waste Management Unit Types of Hazardous Wastes Types of Mixed Waste Waste Management Operations
Hazardous Waste Handling Unit Various Various
  • Storage in containers
  • Repackaging
Manzano Storage Bunkers (five separate bunkers) Various Various
  • Storage in containers
Radioactive and Mixed Waste Management Unit Various Various
  • Storage in containers
  • Treatment by various methods
  • Repackaging
Auxiliary Hot Cell Unit Various Various
  • Storage in containers
  • Treatment by various methods
  • Repackaging
Thermal Treatment Unit Specific explosive hazardous waste None
  • Treatment by open burning
Corrective Action Management Unit Holds treated soil from Chemical Waste Landfill Holds treated soil from Chemical Waste Landfill post-closure care

Submittal of General Part A Permit Request

Date:01/31/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1076

Submittal of Comprehensive Part B Permit Request

Date:02/06/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1067-1069

Partial Approval of Part A Permit Request, HWB-SNL-02-010

Date:03/22/2002
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1969

Submittal of Three Pages Missing from Comprehensive Part B Permit Request

Date:03/27/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2015

Submittal of Electronic Copy of Comprehensive Part B Permit Request

Date:04/17/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1970

Request for Extension of Deadline for Submittal of Revised Part A Permit Request, HWB-SNL-02-010

Date:05/08/2002
Author:Guinn
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1971

Public Notice: Receipt of Part B Permit Request for Sandia National Laboratories

Date:05/10/2002
Author:NA
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1973

Approval of Request for Extension of Deadline for Submittal of Revised Part A Permit Request, HWB-SNL-02-010

Date:05/10/2002
Author:Moats
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1972

Submittal of Revised Part A Permit Request

Date:05/25/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1077

Approval of Revised General Part A Permit Request

Date:06/21/2002
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2016

Notice of Deficiency: Permit Application for Renewal HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:10/10/2002
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1974

Request for Extension of Deadline for Response to NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:12/06/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1975

Response to Comments 509 Through 524 in NOD SNL-HWB-02-002

Date:12/09/2002
Author:Zamorski
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1976

Approval of Request for Extension of Deadline for Response to NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:12/12/2002
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1977

Revised Approval of Request for Extension of Deadline for Response to NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:12/13/2002
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1978

Submittal of Revised Pages and Responses to 358 comments in NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:02/14/2003
Author:Boardman
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1979

Request for Extension of Deadline for Responses to Remaining NMED Comments in NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:03/04/2003
Author:Boardman
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1980

Approval: Extension of Deadline for Response to NOD Comments HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:03/13/2003
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1981

Responses to Remaining 151 Comments in NOD HWB-SNL-02-002 and Submittal of Revised Comprehensive Part B Permit Request

Date:04/16/2003
Author:Boardman
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1126-1129

Submittal of Electronic Copy of Revised Comprehensive Part B Permit Request

Date:08/08/2003
Author:Gould
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1982

Second Notice of Deficiency: Permit Application for Renewal, HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:09/09/2003
Author:Martin
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1983

Submittal of Revised Pages and Response to Comments in Second NOD, HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:11/07/2003
Author:Boardman
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1147

Submittal of Revised Figure D-8 Omitted from 11/7/2003 Submittal

Date:01/16/2004
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1984

Third Notice of Deficiency: Permit Application for Renewal, HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:06/25/2004
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1985

Request for a 90-day Extension for Response to Third NOD

Date:07/13/2004
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1986

Approval of Request for Extension of Deadline for Response to Third NOD HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:07/29/2004
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1987

Submittal of Revised Pages and Response to Comments in Third NOD, HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:11/29/2004
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1304-1306

Submttal of Revisions to Part B Permit Request: Amendment of Contingency Plans for Certain Interm Status Units

Date:04/18/2005
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1307

Contingency Plan Amendment for Interim Status Units

Date:05/26/2005
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1988

Submittal of Technical Corrections and Updates to the Part B Permit Request

Date:07/26/2005
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1328

Submittal of Technical and Administrative Updates to the Part B Permit Request

Date:10/25/2005
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1380-1381

Determination of Administrative Completeness

Date:01/27/2006
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1989

Submttal of Revisions to Part B Permit Request: Amendment of Contingency Plans for Certain Interm Status Units

Date:05/12/2006
Author:Davis
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1422

Submittal of Technical and Administrative Updates to Part A and Part B Permit Request

Date:03/22/2007
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1511
  • 1739

Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit NM5890110518

Date:08/20/2007
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1990

Request for 90-day Extension to Public Comment Period on Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit

Date:09/07/2007
Author:Wagner
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1991

Extension of the Public Comment Period for Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit

Date:10/16/2007
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1992

Second Extension of the Public Comment Period for Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit

Date:12/13/2007
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1993

Third Extension of the Public Comment Period for Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit

Date:01/18/2008
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1994

Submittal of Comments on Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit NM5890110518

Date:01/23/2008
Author:Pellegrino
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1768
  • 1770-1791
  • 1860

Notification of Class 1 Permit Modification for Three Permitted Units; Submittal of Updates to Part B Permit Request

Date:10/30/2009
Author:Davis
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1995

Approval of Class 1 Permit Modification for Three Permitted Units, Acknowledgement of Updates to Part B Permit Request; HWB-SNL-09-016

Date:12/18/2009
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1996

Notification of Class 1 Permit Modification for Two Permitted Units; Submittal of Updates to Part B Permit Request

Date:11/19/2010
Author:Davis
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1997

Approval of Class 1 Permit Modification for Two Permitted Units; HWB-SNL-10-019

Date:03/18/2011
Author:Bearzi
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1998

Notification of Class 1 Permit Modification for Two Permitted Units; Submittal of Updates to Part B Permit Request

Date:09/29/2011
Author:Davis
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1999

Approval of Class 1 Permit Modification for One Permitted Unit, Acknowledgement of Updates to Part B Permit Request; HWB-SNL-11-012

Date:01/19/2012
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2000

Approval of Class 1 Permit Modification for One Permitted Unit; HWB-SNL-11-013

Date:01/20/2012
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2001

Submittal of a Long-Term Monitoring and Maintenance Plan for Solid Waste Management Units and Updates and Corrections to Part B Permit Request

Date:05/04/2012
Author:Beausoleil
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 1849 pt 2
  • 1569
  • 1572-1576
  • 1849 pt 1

Revised Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit NM5890110518 and Proposed Granting of Corrective Action Complete Status for 24 SWMUs and AOCs: Notice of Public Comment Period

Date:09/17/2012
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2002

Comments on Draft Hazardous Waste Permit

Date:11/08/2012
Author:Beausoleil
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2003

Extension of Public Comment Period on the Draft Hazardous Waste permit for SNL

Date:11/20/2012
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2017

Notices for Public Hearing and Comment on SNL Permit and Corrective Action Complete Status

Date:03/10/2014
Author:NA
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2018

Supplemental Comments on Draft Hazardous Waste Permit

Date:04/02/2014
Author:Beausoleil
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2004

Submittal of Updates to Part B Permit Request

Date:04/03/2014
Author:Beausoleil
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2005

Submittal of Updates to Part B Permit Request

Date:08/08/2014
Author:Beausoleil
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2006

Final Permit Decision and Response to Comments on SNL Hazardous Waste Permit and Proposal to Grant Corrective Action Complete Status to 24 Solid Waste Management Units and Areas of Concern; HWB-SNL-02-002

Date:01/27/2015
Author:Roberts
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2008

Notification of Planned Changes to the Thermal Treatment Unit at SNL

Date:08/11/2015
Author:Ortiz
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2030

Notification of Planned Changes to the Thermal Treatment Unit at SNL, HWB-SNL-15-MISC

Date:08/27/2015
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2056

Request for Class 3 Modification to the RCRA Facility Operating Permit

Date:05/16/2016
Author:Harrell
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2064

Notification of Class 1 Modification to the RCRA Facility Operating Permit

Date:06/21/2016
Author:Harrell
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2071

Notification of Class 1 Modification to RCRA Facility Operating Permit, HWB-SNL-16-013

Date:07/07/2016
Author:Cobrain
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2077

Notification of Class 1 Modifications to SNL RCRA Permits

Date:11/17/2016
Author:Harrell
Source:DOE/Sandia
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2079

Notification of Class 1 Modification to the RCRA Facility Operating Permit, HWB-SNL-16-019

Date:12/22/2016
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2092

Notification of Class 1 Modifications to SNL Hazardous Waste Permits

Date:04/28/2017
Author:Harrell
Source:DOE/NTESS
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2095

Approval of Class 1 Permit Modifications, Sandia National Laboratories, HWB-SNL-17-007

Date:06/16/2017
Author:Kieling
Source:NMED
Zimmerman ID:
  • 2101