LANL complies with more than 30 state and federal regulations and policies designed to protect human health and the environment.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS):

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED):

  • NMED Homepage
  • NMED DOE Oversight Office


The specific requirements of environmental laws are published in the Code of Federal Regulations and the New Mexico Administrative Code.

Federal Requirements:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces the federal regulations.

New Mexico State Requirements:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) enforces the state requirements for air, water and waste.

  • New Mexico Administrative Code
  • Title 20 - Environmental Protection

Federal Statutes

Summaries of U.S. Environmental Laws and Executive Orders.

  • Clean Air Act (CAA): Requirements for air quality and air emissions from facility operations
  • Clean Water Act (CWA): Requirements for water quality and water discharges from facility operations
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA): Mitigation of pollution and contamination on LANL property
  • Environmental Management System (EMS): Continuous set of processes and practices undertaken to enable LANL to achieve environmental missions and goals
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know-Act (EPCRA): Public’s right to know about chemicals released into the community
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): Protection of rare species of plants and animals and their habitat
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Projects evaluated for environmental impacts
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA): Projects evaluated for environmental impacts to historical sites
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA): Regulates generation, transportation, treatment, storage of solid waste, hazardous waste, and underground tanks storing petroleum products and other hazardous substances