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      Open Burning of Hazardous Waste Allowed at LANL

      New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry reversed his prohibition of open burning at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) near the completion of his term, which ended on December 31.

      On November 30, Curry prohibited open burning of hazardous waste at LANL as part of his Final Order, the culmination of the three and one-half year public permitting process. Soon thereafter, the Department of Energy (DOE) and LANL filed a motion for reconsideration of the decision. Curry allowed the other parties to the permit hearing to file papers stating their position. CCNS, and other non-governmental organizations that participated in the hearing, as well as the Environment Department, opposed the reconsideration. During the permitting process, the Secretary is not involved in any of the proceedings until he or she makes the final decision.

      LANL then filed their reply, focusing on the arguments of the Environment Department. Curry sided with DOE and LANL stating that the Applicants had "shown good cause" and allowed for the open burning issue to be sent back to the Hazardous Waste Bureau. He did not, however, set a timeline for the Applicants to submit their revised application. He left it up to the Hazardous Waste Bureau and the Applicants to set up a schedule. The parties who participated in the hearing and the 1,400 people who made public comments in opposition to open burning practices expect to be involved in the new process.


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