facebook-24x24

You are here: HomeNewsLocal News ReleasesPublic Comment Sought on Water Standards for Chino Mine

Public Comment Sought on Water Standards for Chino Mine

Environment Department Requests Public Comment
on a Report Supporting Water Quality Standards Changes
to Smelter Tailings Soils Investigation Unit Drainages
within the Chino Mine Investigation Area, Grant County, New Mexico

The Department is requesting public comment on a report that may be used to support amendments to surface water quality standards for five drainages within the Chino Mine Investigation Area, Grant County, New Mexico. The amendments would change the drainages to unclassified ephemeral waters subject to §20.6.4.97 NMAC, from their current status as default unclassified nonperennial waters subject to §20.6.4.98 NMAC. 
 
Unclassified nonperennial waters are by default subject to §20.6.4.98 NMAC, with designated uses of marginal warmwater aquatic life, primary contact, wildlife habitat, and livestock watering. In November, 2012, Chino Mines Company provided a report to the Department, Application of the Hydrology Protocol to Smelter Tailings Soils Investigation Unit (STSIU) Drainages. The Department has reviewed the report, which includes a Use Attainability Analysis (UAA) based on the Department’s “Hydrology Protocol”,  and finds it demonstrates that that Clean Water Act §101(a)(2) uses of primary contact and marginal warmwater aquatic life are not attainable in five STSIU drainages, and that the highest attainable uses are limited aquatic life and secondary contact.
 
In accordance with 20.6.4.15.C, the Department is releasing this report for a 30-day public review which will end at 5 PM on February 14, 2013.  After consideration of public comments, the Department may proceed by submitting the report and response to comments to EPA Region 6 for technical approval. If EPA grants approval, the waters will be considered unclassified ephemeral waters subject to §20.6.4.97 NMAC. The report and UAA, the technical approval, and the applicability of§ 20.6.4.97 NMAC to the waters will be posted on the Department’s water quality standards website. The Department will periodically petition the Water Quality Control Commission to list ephemeral waters under Subsection C of 20.6.4.97 NMAC and to incorporate changes to classified segments in the water quality standards regulations as appropriate.
 
The report, Application of the Hydrology Protocol to Smelter Tailings Soils Investigation Unit (STSIU) Drainages (November 2012) is available on the Environment Department’s website at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swqb/Standards/ under “ESSENTIALS…” Comments may be submitted by mail to Kris Pintado at the New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

A new classified ad is from a person seeking rides to GRMC.

Thanks for continuing to read the Beat and for your patience while we worked through the glitches of the past few weeks. We think things are back to normal, but feel free to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you notice problems.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow.

You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top