TITLE 20             ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

CHAPTER 6        WATER QUALITY

PART 2                 GROUND AND SURFACE WATER PROTECTION

 

20.6.2.1                 ISSUING AGENCY:  Water Quality Control Commission

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1000, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2                 SCOPE:  All persons subject to the Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 74-6-1 et seq.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1001, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3                 STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Standards and Regulations are adopted by the commission under the authority of the Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 74-6-1 through 74-6-17.

[2-18-77, 9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1002, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4                 DURATION:  Permanent.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1003, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.5                 EFFECTIVE DATE:  December 1, 1995 unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.5 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1004, 1-15-01; A, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.6                 OBJECTIVE:  The objective of this Part is to implement the Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 74-6-1 et seq.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.6 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1005, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.7                 DEFINITIONS:  Terms defined in the Water Quality Act, but not defined in this part, will have the meaning given in the act.  As used in this part:

                A.            “abandoned well” means a well whose use has been permanently discontinued or which is in a state of disrepair such that it cannot be rehabilitated for its intended purpose or other purposes including monitoring and observation;

                B.            “abate” or “abatement” means the investigation, containment, removal or other mitigation of water pollution;

                C.            “abatement plan” means a description of any operational, monitoring, contingency and closure requirements and conditions for the prevention, investigation and abatement of water pollution, and includes Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 1 and 2 of the abatement plan, as approved by the secretary;

                D.            “adjacent properties” means properties that are contiguous to the discharge site or property that would be contiguous to the discharge site but for being separated by a public or private right of way, including roads and highways.

                E.            “background” means, for purposes of ground-water abatement plans only and for no other purposes in this part or any other regulations including but not limited to surface-water standards, the amount of ground-water contaminants naturally occurring from undisturbed geologic sources or water contaminants which the responsible person establishes are occurring from a source other than the responsible person's facility; this definition shall not prevent the secretary from requiring abatement of commingled plumes of pollution, shall not prevent responsible persons from seeking contribution or other legal or equitable relief from other persons, and shall not preclude the secretary from exercising enforcement authority under any applicable statute, regulation or common law;

                F.            “casing” means pipe or tubing of appropriate material, diameter and weight used to support the sides of a well hole and thus prevent the walls from caving, to prevent loss of drilling mud into porous ground, or to prevent fluid from entering or leaving the well other than to or from the injection zone;

                G.            “cementing” means the operation whereby a cementing slurry is pumped into a drilled hole and/or forced behind the casing;

                H.            “cesspool” means a “drywell” that receives untreated domestic liquid waste containing human excreta, and which sometimes has an open bottom and/or perforated sides; a large capacity cesspool means a cesspool that receives greater than 2,000 gallons per day of untreated domestic liquid waste;

                I.             “collapse” means the structural failure of overlying materials caused by removal of underlying materials;

                J.             “commission” means:

                    (1)     the New Mexico water quality control commission or

                    (2)     the department, when used in connection with any administrative and enforcement activity;

                K.            “confining zone” means a geological formation, group of formations, or part of a formation that is capable of limiting fluid movement from an injection zone;

                L.            “conventional mining” means the production of minerals from an open pit or underground excavation; underground excavations include mine shafts, workings and air vents, but does not include excavations primarily caused by in situ extraction activities;

                M.           “daily composite sample” means a sample collected over any twenty-four hour period at intervals not to exceed one hour and obtained by combining equal volumes of the effluent collected, or means a sample collected in accordance with federal permit conditions where a permit has been issued under the national pollutant discharge elimination system or for those facilities which include a waste stabilization pond in the treatment process where the retention time is greater than twenty (20) days, means a sample obtained by compositing equal volumes of at least two grab samples collected within a period of not more than twenty-four (24) hours;

                N.            “department”, “agency”, or “division” means the New Mexico environment department or a constituent agency designated by the commission;

                O.            “discharge permit” means a discharge plan approved by the department;

                P.            “discharge permit modification” means a change to the requirements of a discharge permit that result from a change in the location of the discharge, a significant increase in the quantity of the discharge, a significant change in the quality of the discharge; or as required by the secretary;

                Q.            “discharge permit renewal” means the re-issuance of a discharge permit for the same, previously permitted discharge;

                R.            “discharge plan” means a description of  any operational, monitoring , contingency, and closure requirements and conditions for any discharge of effluent or leachate which may move directly or indirectly into ground water;

                S.             “discharge site” means the entire site where the discharge and associated activities will take place;

                T.            “disposal” means to abandon, deposit, inter or otherwise discard a fluid as a final action after its use has been achieved;

                U.            “domestic liquid waste” means human excreta and water-carried waste from typical residential plumbing fixtures and activities, including but not limited to waste from toilets, sinks, bath fixtures, clothes or dishwashing machines and floor drains;

                V.            “domestic liquid waste treatment unit” means a watertight unit designed, constructed and installed to stabilize only domestic liquid waste and to retain solids contained in such domestic liquid waste, including but not limited to aerobic treatment units and septic tanks;

                W.           “drywell” means a well, other than an improved sinkhole or subsurface fluid distribution system, completed above the water table so that its bottom and sides are typically dry except when receiving fluids;

                X.            “experimental technology” means a technology which has not been proven feasible under the conditions in which it is being tested;

                Y.            “fluid” means material or substance which flows or moves whether in a semisolid, liquid, sludge, gas, or any other form or state;

                Z.            “ground water” means interstitial water which occurs in saturated earth material and which is capable of entering a well in sufficient amounts to be utilized as a water supply;

                AA.         “hazard to public health” exists when water which is used or is reasonably expected to be used in the future as a human drinking water supply exceeds at the time and place of such use, one or more of the numerical standards of Subsection A of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC, or the naturally occurring concentrations, whichever is higher, or if any toxic pollutant affecting human health is present in the water; in determining whether a discharge would cause a hazard to public health to exist, the secretary shall investigate and consider the purification and dilution reasonably expected to occur from the time and place of discharge to the time and place of withdrawal for use as human drinking water;

                BB.         “improved sinkhole” means a naturally occurring karst depression or other natural crevice found in volcanic terrain and other geologic settings which have been modified by man for the purpose of directing and emplacing fluids into the subsurface;

                CC.         “injection” means the subsurface emplacement of fluids through a well;

                DD.         “injection zone” means a geological formation, group of formations, or part of a formation receiving fluids through a well;

                EE.         “motor vehicle waste disposal well” means a well which receives or has received fluids from vehicular repair or maintenance activities;

                FF.          “non-aqueous phase liquid” means an interstitial body of liquid oil, petroleum product, petrochemical, or organic solvent, including an emulsion containing such material;

                GG.        “operational area” means a geographic area defined in a project discharge permit where a group of wells or well fields in close proximity comprise a single class III well operation;

                HH.        “owner of record” means an owner of property according to the property records of the  tax assessor in the county in which the discharge site is located at the time the application was deemed administratively complete;

                II.            “packer” means a device lowered into a well to produce a fluid-tight seal within the casing;

                JJ.          “person” means an individual or any other entity including partnerships, corporation, associations, responsible business or association agents or officers, the state or a political subdivision of the state or any agency, department or instrumentality of the United States and any of its officers, agents or employees;

                KK.        “petitioner” means a person seeking a variance from a regulation of the commission pursuant to Section 74-6-4(G) NMSA 1978;

                LL.         “plugging” means  the act or process of stopping the flow of water, oil or gas into or out of a geological formation, group of formations or part of a formation through a borehole or well penetrating these geologic units;

                MM.       “project discharge permit” means a discharge permit which describes the operation of similar class III wells or well fields within one or more individual operational areas;

                NN.         “refuse” includes food, swill, carrion, slops and all substances from the preparation, cooking and consumption of food and from the handling, storage and sale of food products, the carcasses of animals, junked parts of automobiles and other machinery, paper, paper cartons, tree branches, yard trimmings, discarded furniture, cans, oil, ashes, bottles, and all unwholesome material;

                OO.        “responsible person” means a person who is required to submit an abatement plan or who submits an abatement plan pursuant to this part;

                PP.          “secretary” or “director” means the secretary of the New Mexico department of environment or the director of a constituent agency designated by the commission;

                QQ.        “sewer system” means pipelines, conduits, pumping stations, force mains, or other structures, devices, appurtenances or facilities used for collecting or conducting wastes to an ultimate point for treatment or disposal;

                RR.         “sewerage system” means a system for disposing of wastes, either by surface or underground methods, and includes sewer systems, treatment works, disposal wells and other systems;

                SS.          “significant modification of Stage 2 of the abatement plan” means a change in the abatement technology used excluding design and operational parameters, or re-location of 25 percent or more of the compliance sampling stations, for any single medium, as designated pursuant to Paragraph (4) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.4106 NMAC;

                TT.         “subsurface fluid distribution system” means an assemblage of perforated pipes, drain tiles, or other mechanisms intended to distribute fluids below the surface of the ground;

                UU.         “subsurface water” means ground water and water in the vadose zone that may become ground water or surface water in the reasonably foreseeable future or may be utilized by vegetation;

                VV.         “TDS” means total dissolved solids as determined by the "calculation method" (sum of constituents), by the "residue on evaporation method at 180 degrees" of the "U.S. geological survey techniques of water resource investigations," or by conductivity, as the secretary may determine;

                WW.      “toxic pollutant” means a water contaminant or combination of water contaminants in concentration(s) which, upon exposure, ingestion, or assimilation either directly from the environment or indirectly by ingestion through food chains, will unreasonably threaten to injure human health, or the health of animals or plants which are commonly hatched, bred, cultivated or protected for use by man for food or economic benefit; as used in this definition injuries to health include death, histopathologic change, clinical symptoms of disease, behavioral abnormalities, genetic mutation, physiological malfunctions or physical deformations in such organisms or their offspring; in order to be considered a toxic pollutant a contaminant must be one or a combination of the potential toxic pollutants listed below and be at a concentration shown by scientific information currently available to the public to have potential for causing one or more of the effects listed above; any water contaminant or combination of the water contaminants in the list below creating a lifetime risk of more than one cancer per 100,000 exposed persons is a toxic pollutant:

                    (1)     acrolein

                    (2)     acrylonitrile

                    (3)     aldrin

                    (4)     benzene

                    (5)     benzidine

                    (6)     carbon tetrachloride

                    (7)     chlordane

                    (8)     chlorinated benzenes

                              (a)     monochlorobenzene

                              (b)     hexachlorobenzene

                              (c)     pentachlorobenzene

                    (9)     1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene

                    (10)     chlorinated ethanes

                              (a)     1,2-dichloroethane

                              (b)     hexachloroethane

                              (c)     1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane

                              (d)     1,1,1-trichloroethane

                              (e)     1,1,2-trichloroethane

                    (11)     chlorinated phenols

                              (a)     2,4-dichlorophenol

                              (b)     2,4,5-trichlorophenol

                              (c)     2,4,6-trichlorophenol

                    (12)     chloroalkyl ethers

                              (a)     bis (2-chloroethyl) ether

                              (b)     bis (2-chloroisopropyl) ether

                              (c)     bis (chloromethyl) ether

                    (13)     chloroform

                    (14)     DDT

                    (15)     dichlorobenzene

                    (16)     dichlorobenzidine

                    (17)     1,1-dichloroethylene

                    (18)     dichloropropenes

                    (19)     dieldrin

                    (20)     diphenylhydrazine

                    (21)     endosulfan

                    (22)     endrin

                    (23)     ethylbenzene

                    (24)     halomethanes

                              (a)     bromodichloromethane

                              (b)     bromomethane

                              (c)     chloromethane

                              (d)     dichlorodifluoromethane

                              (e)     dichloromethane

                              (f)     tribromomethane

                              (g)     trichlorofluoromethane

                    (25)     heptachlor

                    (26)     hexachlorobutadiene

                    (27)     hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH)

                              (a)     alpha-HCH

                              (b)     beta-HCH

                              (c)     gamma-HCH

                              (d)     technical HCH

                    (28)     hexachlorocyclopentadiene

                    (29)     high explosives (HE)

                              (a)     2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4,DNT)

                              (b)     2,6-dinitrotoluene (2,6,DNT)

                              (c)     octrahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7 tetrazocine (HMX)

                              (d)     hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX)

                              (e)     2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)

                    (30)     isophorone

                    (31)     methyl tertiary butyl ether

                    (32)     nitrobenzene

                    (33)     nitrophenols

                              (a)     2,4-dinitro-o-cresol

                              (b)     dinitrophenols

                    (34)     nitrosamines

                              (a)     N-nitrosodiethylamine

                              (b)     N-nitrosodimethylamine

                              (c)     N-nitrosodibutylamine

                              (d)     N-nitrosodiphenylamine

                              (e)     N-nitrosopyrrolidine

                    (35)     pentachlorophenol

                    (36)     perchlorate

                    (37)     phenol

                    (38)     phthalate esters

                              (a)     dibutyl phthalate

                              (b)     di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate

                              (c)     diethyl phthalate

                              (d)     dimethyl phthalate

                    (39)     polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's)

                    (40)     polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

                              (a)     anthracene

                              (b)     3,4-benzofluoranthene

                              (c)     benzo (k) fluoranthene

                              (d)     fluoranthene

                              (e)     fluorene

                              (f)     phenanthrene

                              (g)     pyrene

                    (41)     tetrachloroethylene

                    (42)     toluene

                    (43)     toxaphene

                    (44)     trichloroethylene

                    (45)     vinyl chloride

                    (46)     xylenes

                              (a)     o-xylene

                              (b)     m-xylene

                              (c)     p-xylene

                    (47)     1,1-dichloroethane

                    (48)     ethylene dibromide (EDB)

                    (49)     cis-1,2-dichloroethylene

                    (50)     trans-1,2-dichloroethylene

                    (51)     naphthalene

                    (52)     1-methylnaphthalene

                    (53)     2-methylnaphthalene

                    (54)     benzo-a-pyrene

                XX.        “vadose zone” means earth material below the land surface and above ground water, or in between bodies of ground water;

                YY.         “wastes” means sewage, industrial wastes, or any other liquid, gaseous or solid substance which will pollute any waters of the state;

                ZZ.         “water” means all water including water situated wholly or partly within or bordering upon the state, whether surface or subsurface, public or private, except private waters that do not combine with other surface or subsurface water;

                AAA.      “water contaminant” means any substance that could alter if discharged or spilled  the physical, chemical,  biological or radiological qualities of water; "water contaminant" does not mean source, special nuclear or by-product material as defined by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954;

                BBB.      “watercourse” means any river, creek, arroyo, canyon, draw, or wash, or any other channel having definite banks and beds with visible evidence of the occasional flow of water;

                CCC.      “water pollution” means introducing or permitting the introduction into water, either directly or indirectly, of one or more water contaminants in such quantity and of such duration as may with reasonable probability injure human health, animal or plant life or property, or to unreasonably interfere with the public welfare or the use of property;

                DDD.      “well” means: (1) A bored, drilled, or driven shaft; (2) A dug hole whose depth is greater than the largest surface dimension; (3) An improved sinkhole; or (4) A subsurface fluid distribution system;

                EEE.      “well stimulation” means a process used to clean the well, enlarge channels, and increase pore space in the interval to be injected, thus making it possible for fluids to move more readily into the injection zone; well stimulation includes, but is not limited to, (1) surging, (2) jetting, (3) blasting, (4) acidizing, (5) hydraulic fracturing.

[1-4-68, 4-20-68, 11-27-70, 9-3-72, 4-11-74, 8-13-76, 2-18-77, 6-26-80, 7-2-81, 1-29-82, 9-20-82, 11-17-84, 3-3-86, 8-17-91, 8-19-93, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.7 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1101, 1-15-01; A, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02; A, 9-26-04; A, 7-16-06]

 

20.6.2.8                 SEVERABILITY:  If any Section, Subsection, individual standard or application of these standards or regulations is held invalid, the remainder shall not be affected.

[2-18-77, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.8 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1007, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.9                 DOCUMENTS:  Documents referenced in the Part may be viewed at the New Mexico Environment Department, Ground Water Quality Bureau, Harold Runnels Building, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.9 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1006, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.10 - 20.6.2.1199:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.10 - 20.6.2.1199 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1008-1100, 1102-1199, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1200          PROCEDURES:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1200 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1200, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1201          NOTICE OF INTENT TO DISCHARGE:

                A.            Any person intending to make a new water contaminant discharge or to alter the character or location of an existing water contaminant discharge, unless the discharge is being made or will be made into a community sewer system or subject to the Liquid Waste Disposal Regulations adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board, shall file a notice with the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect ground water, and/ or the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect surface water.  However, notice regarding discharges from facilities for the production, refinement, pipeline transmission of oil and gas or products thereof, the oil field service industry, oil field brine production wells, geothermal installations and carbon dioxide facilities shall be filed instead with the Oil Conservation Division.

                B.            Any person intending to inject fluids into a well, including a subsurface distribution system, unless the injection is being made subject to the Liquid Waste Disposal Regulations adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board, shall file a notice with the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department.  However notice regarding injection to wells associated with oil and gas facilities as described in Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1201 NMAC shall be filed instead with the Oil Conservation Division.

                C.            Notices shall state:

                    (1)     the name of the person making the discharge;

                    (2)     the address of the person making the discharge;

                    (3)     the location of the discharge;

                    (4)     an estimate of the concentration of water contaminants in the discharge; and

                    (5)     the quantity of the discharge.

                D.            Based on information provided in the notice of intent, the department will notify the person proposing the discharge as to which of the following apply:

                    (1)     a  discharge permit is required;

                    (2)     a discharge permit is not required;

                    (3)     the proposed injection well will be added to the department’s underground injection well inventory;

                    (4)     the proposed injection activity or injection well is prohibited pursuant to 20.6.2.5004 NMAC.

[1-4-68, 9-5-69, 9-3-72, 2-17-74, 2-20-81, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.1201 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1201, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.1202          FILING OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS--SEWERAGE SYSTEMS:

                A.            Any person proposing to construct a sewerage system or proposing to modify any sewerage system in a manner that will change substantially the quantity or quality of the discharge from the system shall file plans and specifications of the construction or modification with Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect ground water, and/or the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect surface water.  Modifications having a minor effect on the character of the discharge from sewerage systems shall be reported as of January 1 and June 30 of each year to the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect ground water, or the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the department for discharges that may affect surface water.

                B.            Plans, specifications and reports required by this Section, if related to facilities for the production, refinement and pipeline transmission of oil and gas, or products thereof, shall be filed instead with the Oil Conservation Division.

                C.            Plans and specifications required to be filed under this Section must be filed prior to the commencement of construction.

[1-4-68, 9-3-72, 2-20-81, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.1202 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1202, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.1203          NOTIFICATION OF DISCHARGE-REMOVAL:

                A.            With respect to any discharge from any facility of oil or other water contaminant, in such quantity as may with reasonable probability injure or be detrimental to human health, animal or plant life, or property, or unreasonably interfere with the public welfare or the use of property, the following notifications and corrective actions are required:

                    (1)     As soon as possible after learning of such a discharge, but in no event more than twenty-four (24) hours thereafter, any person in charge of the facility shall orally notify the Chief of the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department, or his counterpart in any constituent agency delegated responsibility for enforcement of these rules as to any facility subject to such delegation.  To the best of that person's knowledge, the following items of information shall be provided:

                              (a)     the name, address, and telephone number of the person or persons in charge of the facility, as well as of the owner and/or operator of the facility;

                              (b)     the name and address of the facility;

                              (c)     the date, time, location, and duration of the discharge

                              (d)     the source and cause of discharge;

                              (e)     a description of the discharge, including its chemical composition;

                              (f)     the estimated volume of the discharge; and

                              (g)     any actions taken to mitigate immediate damage from the discharge.

                    (2)     When in doubt as to which agency to notify, the person in charge of the facility shall notify the Chief of the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department. If that department does not have authority pursuant to commission delegation, the department shall notify the appropriate constituent agency.

                    (3)     Within one week after the discharger has learned of the discharge, the facility owner and/or operator shall send written notification to the same department official, verifying the prior oral notification as to each of the foregoing items and providing any appropriate additions or corrections to the information contained in the prior oral notification.

                    (4)     The oral and written notification and reporting requirements contained in this Subsection A are not intended to be duplicative of discharge notification and reporting requirements promulgated by the Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) or by the Oil Conservation Division (OCD); therefore, any facility which is subject to OCC or OCD discharge notification and reporting requirements need not additionally comply with the notification and reporting requirements herein.

                    (5)     As soon as possible after learning of such a discharge, the owner/operator of the facility shall take such corrective actions as are necessary or appropriate to contain and remove or mitigate the damage caused by the discharge.

                    (6)     If it is possible to do so without unduly delaying needed corrective actions, the facility owner/operator shall endeavor to contact and consult with the Chief of the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department or appropriate counterpart in a delegated agency, in an effort to determine the department's views as to what further corrective actions may be necessary or appropriate to the discharge in question. In any event, no later than fifteen (15) days after the discharger learns of the discharge, the facility owner/operator shall send to said Bureau Chief a written report describing any corrective actions taken and/or to be taken relative to the discharge.  Upon a written request and for good cause shown, the Bureau Chief may extend the time limit beyond fifteen (15) days.

                    (7)     The Bureau Chief shall approve or disapprove in writing the foregoing corrective action report within thirty (30) days of its receipt by the department.  In the event that the report is not satisfactory to the department, the Bureau Chief shall specify in writing to the facility owner/operator any shortcomings in the report or in the corrective actions already taken or proposed to be taken relative to the discharge, and shall give the facility owner/operator a reasonable and clearly specified time within which to submit a modified corrective action report.  The Bureau Chief shall approve or disapprove in writing the modified corrective action report within fifteen (15) days of its receipt by the department.

                    (8)     In the event that the modified corrective action report also is unsatisfactory to the department, the facility owner/operator has five (5) days from the notification by the Bureau Chief that it is unsatisfactory to appeal to the department secretary.  The department secretary shall approve or disapprove the modified corrective action report within five (5) days of receipt of the appeal from the Bureau Chief's decision.  In the absence of either corrective action consistent with the approved corrective action report or with the decision of the secretary concerning the shortcomings of the modified corrective action report, the department may take whatever enforcement or legal action it deems necessary or appropriate.

                    (9)     If the secretary determines that the discharge causes or may with reasonable probability cause water pollution in excess of the standards and requirements of Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, and the water pollution will not be abated within one hundred and eighty (180) days after notice is required to be given pursuant to Paragraph (1) of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1203 NMAC, the secretary may notify the facility owner/operator that he is a responsible person and that an abatement plan may be required pursuant to Section 20.6.2.4104 and Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.4106 NMAC.

                B.            Exempt from the requirements of this Section are continuous or periodic discharges which are made:

                    (1)     in conformance with regulations of the commission and rules, regulations or orders of other state or federal agencies; or

                    (2)     in violation of regulations of the commission, but pursuant to an assurance of discontinuance or schedule of compliance approved by the commission or one of its duly authorized constituent agencies.

                C.            As used in this Section and in Sections 20.6.2.4100 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC, but not in other Sections of this Part:

                    (1)     "discharge" means spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, or dumping into water or in a location and manner where there is a reasonable probability that the discharged substance will reach surface or subsurface water;

                    (2)     "facility" means any structure, installation, operation, storage tank, transmission line, motor vehicle, rolling stock, or activity of any kind, whether stationary or mobile;

                    (3)     "oil" means oil of any kind or in any form including petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse and oil mixed with wastes;

                    (4)     "operator" means the person or persons responsible for the overall operations of a facility; and

                    (5)     "owner" means the person or persons who own a facility, or part of a facility.

                D.            Notification of discharge received pursuant to this Part or information obtained by the exploitation of such notification shall not be used against any such person in any criminal case, except for perjury or for giving a false statement.

                E.            Any person who has any information relating to any discharge from any facility of oil or other water contaminant, in such quantity as may with reasonable probability injure or be detrimental to human health, animal or plant life, or property, or unreasonably interfere with the public welfare or the use of property, is urged to notify the Chief of the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the department.  Upon such notification, the secretary may require an owner/operator or a responsible person to perform corrective actions pursuant to Paragraphs (5) and (9) of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1203 NMAC.

[2-17-74, 2-20-81, 12-24-87, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.1203 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1203, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.1204 - 20.6.2.1209 [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1204 - 20.6.2.1209 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1204-1209, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1210          VARIANCE PETITIONS:

                A.            Any person seeking a variance pursuant to Section 74-6-4 (G) NMSA 1978, shall do so by filing a written petition with the commission.  The petitioner may submit with his petition any relevant documents or material which the petitioner believes would support his petition.  Petitions shall:

                    (1)     state the petitioner's name and address;

                    (2)     state the date of the petition;

                    (3)     describe the facility or activity for which the variance is sought;

                    (4)     state the address or description of the property upon which the facility is located;

                    (5)     describe the water body or watercourse affected by the discharge;

                    (6)     identify the regulation of the commission from which the variance is sought;

                    (7)     state in detail the extent to which the petitioner wishes to vary from the regulation;

                    (8)     state why the petitioner believes that compliance with the regulation will impose an unreasonable burden upon his activity; and

                    (9)     state the period of time for which the variance is desired.

                B.            The variance petition shall be reviewed in accordance with the adjudicatory procedures of 20 NMAC 1.3.

                C.            The commission may grant the requested variance, in whole or in part, may grant the variance subject to conditions, or may deny the variance.  The commission shall not grant a variance for a period of time in excess of five years.

                D.            An order of the commission is final and bars the petitioner from petitioning for the same variance without special permission from the commission.  The commission may consider, among other things, the development of new information and techniques to be sufficient justification for a second petition.  If the petitioner, or his authorized representative, fails to appear at the public hearing on the variance petition, the commission shall proceed with the hearing on the basis of the petition.  A variance may not be extended or renewed unless a new petition is filed and processed in accordance with the procedures established by this Section.

[7-19-68, 11-27-70, 9-3-72, 2-20-81, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.1210 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1210, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1211 - 20.6.2.1219:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1211 - 20.6.2.1219 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1211-1219, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1220          PENALTIES ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE ORDERS, PENALTIES, ASSURANCE OF DISCONTINUANCE.:  Failure to comply with the Water Quality Act, or any regulation or standard promulgated pursuant to the Water Quality Act is a prohibited act.  If the secretary determines that a person has violated or is violating a requirement of the Water Quality Act or any regulation promulgated thereunder or is exceeding any water quality standard or ground water standard contained in Commission regulations, or is not complying with a condition or provision of an approved or modified abatement plan, discharge plan, or permit issued pursuant to the Water Quality Act, the secretary may issue a compliance order, assess a penalty, commence a civil action in district court, or accept an assurance of discontinuance in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-10 of the Water Quality Act.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1220 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1220, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.1221 - 20.6.2.1999:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.1221 - 20.6.2.1999 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1221-2099, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2000          SURFACE WATER PROTECTION:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2000 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2001          PROCEDURES FOR CERTIFICATION OF FEDERAL NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) PERMITS:

                A.            This section applies to the state certification of draft national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.  The purpose of such certification is to reasonably ensure that the permitted activities will be conducted in a manner that will comply with applicable water quality standards, including the antidegradation policy, and the statewide water quality management plan.

                B.            After review of a draft permit, the department will either: (1) certify that the discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 208(e), 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the federal Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law; (2) certify that the discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 208(e), 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law upon inclusion of specified conditions in the permit and include the justification for the conditions; or (3) deny certification and include reasons for the denial.  If the department does not act on the certification within the time prescribed by the federal permitting agency for such action, the authority to do so shall be waived.

                C.            Pursuant to federal regulations at 40 CFR 124.10(c), the U.S. environmental protection agency provides notice of draft NPDES permits to the applicant (except for general permits); various local, state, federal, tribal and pueblo government agencies; and other interested parties, and it allows at least 30 days of public comment.  To the extent practicable, the department will provide public notice that the department is reviewing a draft NPDES permit for the purpose of preparing a state certification or denial pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act jointly with the notice provided by the U.S. environmental protection agency.  The department will also post notice on its website.

                D.            When joint notice is impractical, the department shall provide notice that the department is reviewing a draft NPDES permit for purpose of preparing a state certification or denial pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act as follows:

                     (1)     for general permits by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in at least one newspaper of general circulation;

                              (c)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department; or

                    (2)     for individual permits by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the discharge;

                              (c)     mailing notice to the applicant;

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general and facility-specific mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (e)     mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department.

                E.            Public notices may describe more than one permit or permit action.  The notice provided under Subsections C and D of 20.6.2.2001 NMAC shall include:

                    (1)     for general permits:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the draft permit during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted;

                              (b)     a brief description of the activities that produce the discharge; and

                              (c)     a description of the geographic area to be covered by the permit; or

                    (2)     for individual permits:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the draft permit during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted;

                              (b)     the name and address of the permittee or permit applicant and, if different, of the facility or activity regulated by the permit;

                              (c)     a brief description of the activities that produce the discharge; and

                              (d)     a general description of the location of the discharge and the name of the receiving water.

                F.            Following the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2001 NMAC, there shall be a period of at least 30 days during which interested persons may submit written comments to the department.  The 30-day comment period shall begin on the date of the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2001 NMAC.  The department shall consider all pertinent comments.

G.            Following the public comment period provided under Subsection F of 20.6.2.2001 NMAC, the department shall issue a final permit certification including any conditions that the department places on the certification, or issue a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial.  The final certification will generally be issued within 45 days from the date a request to grant, deny or waive certification is received by the department, unless the department in consultation with the U.S. environmental protection agency regional administrator finds that unusual circumstances require a longer time.  The department shall send a copy of the final permit certification or denial to the U.S. environmental protection agency, the applicant (except for general permits), and those members of the public who submitted comments to the department.

                    (1)     The permit certification shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the NPDES permit number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its certification upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement that there is a reasonable assurance that the activity will be conducted in a manner which will not violate applicable water quality standards;

                              (d)     a statement of any conditions which the department deems necessary or desirable with respect to the discharge of the activity;

                              (e)     identification of any condition more stringent than that in the draft permit required to assure compliance with the applicable provisions of Sections 208(e), 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law citing the Clean Water Act or state law upon which the condition is based;

                              (f)     a statement of the extent to which each condition of the draft permit can be made less stringent without violating the requirements of state law, including water quality standards; and

                              (g)     such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                    (2)     With justification, including any of the reasons listed in the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(E), the department may deny permit certification.  Denial of permit certification shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the NPDES permit number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its denial upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial; and

                              (d)     such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                H.            Any person who is adversely affected by the certification or denial of a specific permit may appeal such certification or denial by filing a petition for review with the secretary within 30 days after the department issues the final permit certification or statement of denial.  Such petition shall be in writing and shall include a concise statement of the reasons for the appeal and the relief requested.  The secretary may hold a hearing on the appeal.  In any such appeal hearing, the procedures of 20.1.4 NMAC shall not apply.  The department shall give notice of the appeal hearing at least 30 days prior to the hearing.  The notice shall state the date, time, and location of the appeal hearing and shall include the pertinent information listed in Subparagraphs (b), (c), and (d) of Paragraph (2) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.2001 NMAC.  The secretary shall appoint a hearing officer to preside over the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information on the permit certification or denial during the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information in rebuttal of that presented by another person.  Reasonable time limits may be placed on oral statements, and the submission of written statements may be required.  The hearing officer may question persons presenting oral testimony.  Cross examination of persons presenting oral statements shall not otherwise be allowed.  Within 30 days after the completion of the hearing, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case, the hearing officer shall submit recommendations to the secretary.  The secretary shall issue a final decision on the appeal within 30 days after receiving the recommendation, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case.

                I.             Pursuant to the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(O), any person who is adversely affected by the secretary’s final decision may file with the commission a petition for review of that decision based on the administrative record.

[20.6.2.2001 NMAC - N, 5-18-11]

 

20.6.2.2002          PROCEDURES FOR CERTIFICATION OF FEDERAL PERMITS FOR DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL:

                A.            This section applies to the state certification of draft permits or permit applications for the discharge of dredged or fill material under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.  The purpose of such certification is to reasonably ensure that the permitted activities will be conducted in a manner that will comply with applicable water quality standards, including the antidegradation policy, and the statewide water quality management plan.

                B.            After review of a draft permit or permit application, the department will either: (1) certify that the discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the federal Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law; (2) certify that the discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law upon inclusion of specified conditions in the permit and include the justification for the conditions; or (3) deny certification and include reasons for the denial.  If the department does not act on the certification within the time prescribed by the federal permitting agency for such action, the authority to do so shall be waived.

                C.            Pursuant to federal regulations at 33 CFR 325.3 and 33 CFR 330.5, the U.S. army corps of engineers provides notice of draft dredged or fill permits and permit applications to the applicant (except for general or nationwide permits); various local, state, federal, tribal and pueblo government agencies; and other interested parties, and it allows at least 15 days of public comment.  To the extent practicable, the department will provide public notice that the department is reviewing a draft permit or permit application for the purpose of preparing a state certification or denial pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act jointly with the notice provided by the U.S. army corps of engineers.  The department will also post notice on its website.

                D.            When joint notice is impractical, the department shall provide notice that the department is reviewing a draft dredged or fill permit or permit application for purpose of preparing a state certification or denial pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act as follows:

                    (1)     for general permits by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in at least one newspaper of general circulation;

                              (c)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department; or

                    (2)     for individual permit applications by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the discharge;

                              (c)     mailing notice to the applicant;

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general and facility-specific mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (e)     mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department.

                E.            Public notices may describe more than one permit or permit action.  The notice provided under Subsections C and D of 20.6.2.2002 NMAC shall include:

                    (1)     for general permits:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the draft permit during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted;

                              (b)     a brief description of the activities that produce the discharge; and

                              (c)     a description of the geographic area to be covered by the permit; or

                    (2)     for individual permit applications:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the permit application during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted;

                              (b)     the name and address of the permittee or permit applicant and, if different, of the facility or activity regulated by the permit;

                              (c)     a brief description of the activities that produce the discharge; and

                              (d)     a general description of the location of the discharge and the name of the receiving water.

                F.            Following the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2002 NMAC, there shall be a period of at least 30 days during which interested persons may submit written comments to the department.  The 30-day comment period shall begin on the date of the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2002 NMAC.  The department shall consider all pertinent comments.

                G.            The public notice provisions in Subsection C and D of Section 20.6.2.2002 NMAC and the public comment provisions in Subsection F of Section 20.6.2.2002 NMAC shall not apply to permits issued using emergency procedures under 33 CFR 325.2(e)(4).  However, even in emergency situations, reasonable efforts shall be made to receive comments from interested state and local agencies and the affected public.

                H.            Following the public comment period provided under Subsection F of 20.6.2.2002 NMAC, the department shall issue a final permit certification including any conditions that the department places on the certification, or issue a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial.  The final certification will generally be issued within 60 days from the date a request to grant, deny or waive certification is received by the department, unless the department in consultation with the U.S. army corps of engineers district engineer finds that unusual circumstances require a longer time.  The department shall send a copy of the final permit certification or denial to the army corps of engineers, the applicant (except for general or nationwide permits), and those members of the public who submitted comments to the department.

                    (1)     The permit certification or denial shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the permit number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its certification upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement that there is a reasonable assurance that the activity will be conducted in a manner which will not violate applicable water quality standards;

                              (d)     a statement of any conditions which the department deems necessary or desirable with respect to the discharge of the activity; and

                              (e)     such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                    (2)     With justification, including any of the reasons listed in the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(E), the department may deny permit certification.  Denial of permit certification shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the permit number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its denial upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial; and

                              (d)     such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                I.             Any person who is adversely affected by the certification or denial of a specific permit may appeal such certification or denial by filing a petition for review with the secretary within 30 days after the department issues the final permit certification or statement of denial.  Such petition shall be in writing and shall include a concise statement of the reasons for the appeal and the relief requested.  The secretary may hold a hearing on the appeal.  In any such appeal hearing, the procedures of 20.1.4 NMAC shall not apply.  The department shall give notice of the appeal hearing at least 30 days prior to the hearing.  The notice shall state the date, time, and location of the appeal hearing and shall include the pertinent information listed in Subparagraphs (b), (c), and (d) of Paragraph (2) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.2002 NMAC.  The secretary shall appoint a hearing officer to preside over the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information on the permit certification or denial during the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information in rebuttal of that presented by another person.  Reasonable time limits may be placed on oral statements, and the submission of written statements may be required.  The hearing officer may question persons presenting oral testimony.  Cross examination of persons presenting oral statements shall not otherwise be allowed.  Within 30 days after the completion of the hearing, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case, the hearing officer shall submit recommendations to the secretary.  The secretary shall issue a final decision on the appeal within 30 days after receiving the recommendation, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case.

                J.             Pursuant to the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(O), any person who is adversely affected by the secretary’s final decision may file with the commission a petition for review of that decision based on the administrative record.

[20.6.2.2002 NMAC - N, 5-18-11]

 

20.6.2.2003          PROCEDURES FOR CERTIFICATION OF OTHER FEDERAL PERMITS:

                A.            This section applies to the state certification of draft federal permits, permit applications or licenses under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, except for NPDES permits or permits for the discharge of dredged or fill material.  For example, this section applies to certification of permits or licenses issued by the federal energy regulatory commission (FERC) and to permits or licenses issued under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.  The purpose of such certification is to reasonably ensure that the permitted activities will be conducted in a manner that will comply with applicable water quality standards, including the antidegradation policy, and the statewide water quality management plan.

                B.            After review of a draft permit, permit application or license, the department will either: (1) certify that the activity will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the federal Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law; (2) certify that the activity will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law upon inclusion of specified conditions in the permit and include the justification for the conditions; or (3) deny certification and include reasons for the denial.  If the department does not act on the certification within the time prescribed by the federal permitting agency for such action, the authority to do so shall be waived.

                C.            To the extent practicable, the department will provide public notice that the department is reviewing a draft federal permit, permit application or license for the purpose of preparing a state certification or denial jointly with the notice provided by the federal permitting or licensing agency.  The department will also post notice on its website.

                D.            When joint notice is impractical, the department shall provide notice that the department is reviewing a draft federal permit, permit application or license for purpose of preparing a state certification or denial pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act as follows:

                    (1)     for general permits or licenses by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in at least one newspaper of general circulation;

                              (c)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department; or

                    (2)     for individual permits or licenses by:

                              (a)     posting notice on the department’s website;

                              (b)     publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the permitted or licensed activity;

                              (c)     mailing notice to the applicant;

                              (d)     mailing or e-mailing notice to those persons on the general and facility-specific mailing list maintained by the department who have requested such notice; and

                              (e)     mailing notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal, or pueblo government agency, as identified by the department.

                E.            Public notices may describe more than one license, permit or permit action.  The notice provided under Subsections C and D of 20.6.2.2003 NMAC shall include:

                    (1)     for general permits or licenses:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the permit or license during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted; and

                              (b)     a brief description of the permitted or licensed activities; and

                              (c)     a description of the geographic area to be covered by the permit; or

                    (2)     for individual permits or licenses:

                              (a)     a statement that the department will accept written comments on the permit or license during the comment period including the address where comments may be submitted;

                              (b)     the name and address of the licensee, permittee or permit or license applicant and, if different, of the facility or activity regulated by the permit or license;

                              (c)     a brief description of the permitted or licensed activities; and

                              (d)     a general description of the location of the permitted or licensed activities and the name of the receiving water.

                F.            Following the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2003 NMAC, there shall be a period of at least 30 days during which interested persons may submit written comments to the department.  The 30-day comment period shall begin on the date of the public notice provided under Subsections C or D of 20.6.2.2003 NMAC.  The department shall consider all pertinent comments.

                G.            Following the public comment period provided under Subsection F of 20.6.2.2003 NMAC, the department shall issue a final certification including any conditions that the department places on the certification, or issue a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial.  The final certification will generally be issued within 60 days from the date a request to grant or deny certification is received by the department, unless the department in consultation with the federal permitting or licensing agency finds that unusual circumstances require a longer time.  The department shall send a copy of the final certification or denial to the federal permitting or licensing agency, the applicant (except for general permits), and those members of the public who submitted comments to the department.

                    (1)     The certification or denial shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the permit or license number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its certification upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement that there is a reasonable assurance that the activity will be conducted in a manner which will not violate applicable water quality standards;

                              (d)     a statement of any conditions which the department deems necessary or desirable with respect to the discharge of the activity;

                              (e)     identification of any condition more stringent than that in the draft permit or license required to assure compliance with the applicable provisions of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and with appropriate requirements of state law citing the Clean Water Act or state law upon which the condition is based;

                              (f)     a statement of the extent to which each condition of the draft permit or license can be made less stringent without violating the requirements of state law, including water quality standards; and

                              (g)     Such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                    (2)     With justification, including any of the reasons listed in the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(E), the department may deny certification.  Denial of certification shall be in writing and shall include:

                              (a)     the name of the applicant (except for general permits) and the permit or license number;

                              (b)     a statement that the department has examined the application or other relevant information and bases its denial upon an evaluation of the information contained in such application or other information which is relevant to water quality considerations;

                              (c)     a statement of denial including the reasons for the denial; and

                              (d)     such other information as the department may determine to be appropriate.

                H.            Any person who is adversely affected by the certification or denial of a specific permit or license may appeal such certification or denial by filing a petition for review with the secretary within 30 days after the department issues the final certification or statement of denial.  Such petition shall be in writing and shall include a concise statement of the reasons for the appeal and the relief requested.  The secretary may hold a hearing on the appeal.  In any such appeal hearing, the procedures of 20.1.4 NMAC shall not apply.  The department shall give notice of the appeal hearing at least 30 days prior to the hearing.  The notice shall state the date, time, and location of the appeal hearing and shall include the pertinent information listed in Subparagraphs (b), (c), and (d) of Paragraph (2) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.2003 NMAC.  The secretary shall appoint a hearing officer to preside over the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information on the certification or denial during the appeal hearing.  Any person may present oral or written statements, data, technical information, legal arguments, or other information in rebuttal of that presented by another person.  Reasonable time limits may be placed on oral statements, and the submission of written statements may be required.  The hearing officer may question persons presenting oral testimony.  Cross examination of persons presenting oral statements shall not otherwise be allowed.  Within 30 days after the completion of the hearing, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case, the hearing officer shall submit recommendations to the secretary.  The secretary shall issue a final decision on the appeal within 30 days after receiving the recommendation, or such other time as the secretary may order given the complexities of the case.

                I.             Pursuant to the New Mexico Water Quality Act, NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5(O), any person who is adversely affected by the secretary’s final decision may file with the commission a petition for review of that decision based on the administrative record.

[20.6.2.2003 NMAC - N, 5-18-11]

 

20.6.2.2004 - 20.6.2.2099:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2001 - 20.6.2.2099 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.I.1221-2099, 1-15-01; A, 5-18-11]

 

20.6.2.2100          APPLICABILITY:  The requirements of Section 20.6.2.2101 and 20.6.2.2102 NMAC shall not apply to any discharge which is subject to a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of P. L. 92-500; provided that any discharger who is given written notice of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit violation from the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and who has not corrected the violation within thirty days of receipt of said notice shall be subject to Section 20.6.2.2101 and 20.6.2.2102 NMAC until in compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit conditions; provided further that nothing in this Part shall be construed as a deterrent to action under Section 74-6-11 NMSA, 1978.

[8-13-76; 20.6.2.2100 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2101          GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Except as otherwise provided in Sections 20.6.2.2000 through 20.6.2.2201 NMAC, no person shall cause or allow effluent to discharge to a watercourse if the effluent as indicated by:

                    (1)     any two consecutive daily composite samples;

                    (2)     more than one daily composite sample in any thirty-day period (in which less than ten (10) daily composite samples are examined);

                    (3)     more than ten percent (10%) of the daily composite samples in any thirty-day period (in which ten (10) or more daily composite samples are examined); or

                    (4)     a grab sample collected during flow from an intermittent or infrequent discharge

does not conform to the following:

                              (a)     Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)   Less than 30 mg/l

                              (b)     Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)         Less than 125 mg/l

                              (c)     Settleable Solids                                      Less than 0.5 mg/l

                              (d)     Fecal Coliform Bacteria                          Less than 500 organisms per 100 ml

                              (e)     pH                                                            Between 6.6 and 8.6

                B.            Upon application, the secretary may eliminate the pH requirement for any effluent source that the secretary determines does not unreasonably degrade the water into which the effluent is discharged.

                C.            Subsection A of this Section does not apply to the weight of constituents in the water diverted.

                D.            Samples shall be examined in accordance with the most current edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater published by the American Public Health Association or the most current edition of Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes published by the Environmental Protection Agency, where applicable.

[4-20-68, 3-14-71, 10-8-71, 8-13-76, 2-20-81, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.2101 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2101, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2102          RIO GRANDE BASIN--COMMUNITY SEWERAGE SYSTEMS:

                A.            No person shall cause or allow effluent from a community sewerage system to discharge to a watercourse in the Rio Grande Basin between the headwaters of Elephant Butte Reservoir and Angostura Diversion Dam as described in Subsection E of this Section if the effluent, as indicated by:

                    (1)     any two consecutive daily composite samples;

                    (2)     more than one daily composite sample in any thirty-day period (in which less than ten (10) daily composite samples are examined);

                    (3)     more than ten percent (10%) of the daily composite samples in any thirty-day period (in which ten (10) or more daily composite samples are examined); or

                    (4)     a grab sample collected during flow from an intermittent or infrequent discharge

does not conform to the following:

                              (a)     Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)   Less than 30 mg/l

                              (b)     Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)          Less than 80 mg/l

                              (c)     Settleable Solids                                       Less than 0.1 mg/l

                              (d)     Fecal Coliform Bacteria                           Less than 500 organisms per 100 ml

                              (e)     pH                                                             Between 6.6 and 8.6

                B.            Upon application, the secretary may eliminate the pH requirement for any effluent source that the secretary determines does not unreasonably degrade the water into which the effluent is discharged.

                C.            Subsection A of this Section does not apply to the weight of constituents in the water diverted.

                D.            Samples shall be examined in accordance with the most current edition of Standard Methods for the Analysis of Water and Wastewater published by the American Public Health Association or the most current edition of Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes published by the Environmental Protection Agency, where applicable.

                E.            The following is a description of the Rio Grande Basin from the headwaters of Elephant Butte Reservoir to Angostura Diversion Dam as used in this Section.  Begin at San Marcial USGS gauging station, which is the headwaters of Elephant Butte Reservoir Irrigation Project, thence northwest to U.S. Highway 60, nine miles + west of Magdalena; thence west along the northeast edge of the San Agustin Plains closed basin; thence north along the east side of the north  plains closed basin to the Continental Divide; thence northly along the Continental Divide to the community of Regina on State Highway 96; thence southeasterly along the crest of the San Pedro Mountains to Cerro Toledo Peak; thence southwesterly along the Sierra de Los Valles ridge and the Borrego Mesa to Bodega Butte; thence southerly to Angostura Diversion Dam which is the upper reach of the Rio Grande in this basin; thence southeast to the crest and the crest of the Manzano Mountains and the Los Pinos Mountains; thence southerly along the divide that contributes to the Rio Grande to San Marcial gauging station to the point and place of beginning; excluding all waters upstream of Jemez Pueblo which flow into the Jemez River drainage and the Bluewater Lake.  Counties included in the basin are:

                    (1)     north portion of Socorro County;

                    (2)     northeast corner of Catron County;

                    (3)     east portion of Valencia County;

                    (4)     west portion of Bernalillo County;

                    (5)     east portion of McKinley County; and

                    (6)     most of Sandoval County.

[3-14-71, 9-3-72, 8-13-76, 2-20-81, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.2102 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2102, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2103 - 20.6.2.2199: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2103 - 20.6.2.2199 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2103-2199, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2200          WATERCOURSE PROTECTION:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2200 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2200, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2201          DISPOSAL OF REFUSE:  No person shall dispose of any refuse in a natural watercourse or in a location and manner where there is a reasonable probability that the refuse will be moved into a natural watercourse by leaching or otherwise.  Solids diverted from the stream and returned thereto are not subject to abatement under this Section.

[4-20-68, 9-3-72; 20.6.2.2201 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2201, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.2202 - 20.6.2.2999: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.2202 - 20.6.2.2999 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2202-3100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3000          PERMITTING AND GROUND WATER STANDARDS:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.3000 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3001 - 20.6.2.3100: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.3001 - 20.6.2.3100 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.II.2202-3100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3101          PURPOSE:

                A.            The purpose of Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3114 NMAC controlling discharges onto or below the surface of the ground is to protect all ground water of the state of New Mexico which has an existing concentration of 10,000 mg/l or less TDS, for present and potential future use as domestic and agricultural water supply, and to protect those segments of surface waters which are gaining because of ground water inflow, for uses designated in the New Mexico Water Quality Standards. Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3114 NMAC are written so that in general:

                    (1)     if the existing concentration of any water contaminant in ground water is in conformance with the standard of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC, degradation of the ground water up to the limit of the standard will be allowed; and

                    (2)     if the existing concentration of any water contaminant in ground water exceeds the standard of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC, no degradation of the ground water beyond the existing concentration will be allowed.

                B.            Ground water standards are numbers that represent the pH range and maximum concentrations of water contaminants in the ground water which still allow for the present and future use of ground water resources.

                C.            The standards are not intended as maximum ranges and concentrations for use, and nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the use of waters containing higher ranges and concentrations.

[2-18-77; 20.6.2.3101 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3101, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3102: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.3102 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3102, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.3103          STANDARDS FOR GROUND WATER OF 10,000 mg/l TDS CONCENTRATION OR LESS:  The following standards are the allowable pH range and the maximum allowable concentration in ground water for the contaminants specified unless the existing condition exceeds the standard or unless otherwise provided in Subsection D of Section 20.6.2.3109 NMAC.  Regardless of whether there is one contaminant or more than one contaminant present in ground water, when an existing pH or concentration of any water contaminant exceeds the standard specified in Subsection A, B, or C of this section, the existing pH or concentration shall be the allowable limit, provided that the discharge at such concentrations will not result in concentrations at any place of withdrawal for present or reasonably foreseeable future use in excess of the standards of this section. These standards shall apply to the dissolved portion of the contaminants specified with a definition of dissolved being that given in the publication "methods for chemical analysis of water and waste of the U.S. environmental protection agency," with the exception that standards for mercury, organic compounds and non-aqueous phase liquids shall apply to the total unfiltered concentrations of the contaminants.

                A.            Human Health Standards-Ground water shall meet the standards of Subsection A and B of this section unless otherwise provided.  If more than one water contaminant affecting human health is present, the toxic pollutant criteria  as set forth in the definition of toxic pollutant in Section 20.6.2.1101 NMAC for the combination of contaminants, or the Human Health Standard of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC for each contaminant shall apply, whichever is more stringent.   Non-aqueous phase liquid shall not be present floating atop of or immersed within ground water, as can be reasonably measured.

                    (1)     Arsenic (As)…………………………………………….……………0.1 mg/l

                    (2)     Barium (Ba)……………………………………………...…………...1.0 mg/l

                    (3)     Cadmium (Cd)………………………………………….…………...0.01 mg/l

                    (4)     Chromium (Cr)…………………………………………..………….0.05 mg/l

                    (5)     Cyanide (CN)……………………………………………..…………..0.2 mg/l

                    (6)     Fluoride (F)…………………………………………………..……….1.6 mg/l

                    (7)     Lead (Pb)…………………………………………………………….0.05 mg/l

                    (8)     Total Mercury (Hg)………………………………………………...0.002 mg/l

                    (9)     Nitrate (NO3 as N)…………………………………………………...10.0 mg/l

                    (10)     Selenium (Se)………………………………………………………0.05 mg/l

                    (11)     Silver (Ag)………………………………………………………….0.05 mg/l

                    (12)     Uranium (U)………………………………………………………....0.03 mg/l

                    (13)     Radioactivity:  Combined Radium-226 & Radium-228…………….30 pCi/l

                    (14)     Benzene…..………………………………………………………...0.01 mg/l

                    (15)     Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's)………………………………..0.001 mg/l

                    (16)     Toluene……………………………………………………………...0.75 mg/l

                    (17)     Carbon Tetrachloride………………………………………………..0.01 mg/l

                    (18)     1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) ………………………………………..…0.01 mg/l

                    (19)     1,1-dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE) …………………………………...0.005 mg/l

                    (20)     1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethylene (PCE) …………………………………..0.02 mg/l

                    (21)     1,1,2-trichloroethylene (TCE) ………………………………………...0.1 mg/l

                    (22)     ethylbenzene…………………………………………………….……0.75 mg/l

                    (23)     total xylenes………………………………………………….…….....0.62 mg/l

                    (24)     methylene chloride…………………………….………………………0.1 mg/l

                    (25)     chloroform…………………………….……………………………….0.1 mg/l

                    (26)     1,1-dichloroethane…………………………….………………………0.025 mg/l

                    (27)     ethylene dibromide (EDB) ………………………………………..…0.0001 mg/l

                    (28)     1,1,1-trichloroethane…………………………….…………………...…0.06 mg/l

                    (29)     1,1,2-trichloroethane…………………………….……………………...0.01 mg/l

                    (30)     1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane…………………………….………………….0.01 mg/l

                    (31)     vinyl chloride…………………………….…………………………….0.001 mg/l

                    (32)     PAHs: total naphthalene plus monomethylnaphthalenes……………….0.03 mg/l

                    (33)     benzo-a-pyrene…………………………….…………………………0.0007 mg/l

                B.            Other Standards for Domestic Water Supply

                    (1)     Chloride (Cl) …………………………….……………………………...250.0 mg/l

                    (2)     Copper (Cu) …………………………….………………………………....1.0 mg/l

                    (3)     Iron (Fe) …………………………….…………………………………..…1.0 mg/l

                    (4)     Manganese (Mn) …………………………….………………………….…0.2 mg/l

                    (6)     Phenols…………………………….………………………………….…0.005 mg/l

                    (7)     Sulfate (SO4) ……………………………..……………………………..600.0 mg/l

                    (8)     Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) …………………………….…...………1000.0 mg/l

                    (9)     Zinc (Zn) …………………………….………………………....…………10.0 mg/l

                    (10)     pH…………………………….………………………….……….between 6 and 9

                C.            Standards for Irrigation Use - Ground water shall meet the standards of Subsection A, B, and C of this section unless otherwise provided.

                    (1)     Aluminum (Al)…….. .………………………….……………………….…5.0 mg/l

                    (2)     Boron (B) …………………………….…………………………………...0.75 mg/l

                    (3)     Cobalt (Co) …………………………….………………………………….0.05 mg/l

                    (4)     Molybdenum (Mo) …………………………….…………………………...1.0 mg/l

                    (5)     Nickel (Ni) …………………………….…………………………………....0.2 mg/l

[2-18-77, 1-29-82, 11-17-83, 3-3-86, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3103 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3103, 1-15-01; A, 9-26-04]

[Note:  For purposes of application of the amended numeric uranium standard to past and current water discharges (as of 9-26-04), the new standard will not become effective until June 1, 2007.  For any new water discharges, the uranium standard is effective 9-26-04.]

 

20.6.2.3104          DISCHARGE PERMIT REQUIRED:  Unless otherwise provided by this Part, no person shall cause or allow effluent or leachate to discharge so that it may move directly of indirectly into ground water unless he is discharging pursuant to a discharge permit issued by the secretary.  When a permit has been issued, discharges must be consistent with the terms and conditions of the permit.  In the event of a transfer of the ownership, control, or possession of a facility for which a discharge permit is in effect, the transferee shall have authority to discharge under such permit, provided that the transferee has complied with Section 20.6.2.3111 NMAC, regarding transfers.

[2-18-77, 12-24-87, 12-1-95; Rn & A, 20.6.2.3104 NMAC - 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3104, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3105          EXEMPTIONS FROM DISCHARGE PERMIT REQUIREMENT:  Sections 20.6.2.3104 and 20.6.2.3106 NMAC do not apply to the following:

                A.            Effluent or leachate which conforms to all the listed numerical standards of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC and has a total nitrogen concentration of 10 mg/l or less, and does not contain any toxic pollutant.  To determine conformance, samples may be taken by the agency before the effluent or leachate is discharged so that it may move directly or indirectly into ground water; provided that if the discharge is by seepage through non-natural or altered natural materials, the agency may take samples of the solution before or after seepage.  If for any reason the agency does not have access to obtain the appropriate samples, this exemption shall not apply;

                B.            Effluent which is discharged from a sewerage system used only for disposal of household and other domestic waste which is designed to receive and which receives 2,000 gallons or less of liquid waste per day;

                C.            Water used for irrigated agriculture, for watering of lawns, trees, gardens or shrubs, or for irrigation for a period not to exceed five years for the revegetation of any disturbed land area, unless that water is received directly from any sewerage system;

                D.            Discharges resulting from the transport or storage of water diverted, provided that the water diverted has not had added to it after the point of diversion any effluent received from a sewerage system, that the source of the water diverted was not mine workings, and that the secretary has not determined that a hazard to public health may result;

                E.            Effluent which is discharged to a watercourse which is naturally perennial; discharges to dry arroyos and ephemeral streams are not exempt from the discharge permit requirement, except as otherwise provided in this section;

                F.            Those constituents which are subject to effective and enforceable effluent limitations in a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, where discharge onto or below the surface of the ground so that water contaminants may move directly or indirectly into ground water occurs downstream from the outfall where NPDES effluent limitations are imposed, unless the secretary determines that a hazard to public health may result.  For purposes of this subsection, monitoring requirements alone do not constitute effluent limitations;

                G.            Discharges resulting from flood control systems;

                H.            Leachate which results from the direct natural infiltration of precipitation through disturbed materials, unless the secretary determines that a hazard to public health may result;

                I.             Leachate which results entirely from the direct natural infiltration of precipitation through undisturbed materials;

                J.             Leachate from materials disposed of in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Regulations (20 NMAC 9.1) adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board;

                K.            Natural ground water seeping or flowing into conventional mine workings which re-enters the ground by natural gravity flow prior to pumping or transporting out of the mine and without being used in any mining process; this exemption does not apply to solution mining;

                L.            Effluent or leachate discharges resulting from activities regulated by a mining plan approved and permit issued by the New Mexico Coal Surface Mining Commission, provided that this exemption shall not be construed as limiting the application of appropriate ground water protection requirements by the New Mexico Coal Surface Mining Commission;

                M.           Effluent or leachate discharges which are regulated by the Oil Conservation Commission and the regulation of which by the Water Quality Control Commission would interfere with the exclusive authority granted under Section 70-2-12 NMSA 1978, or under other laws, to the Oil Conservation Commission.

[2-18-77, 6-26-80, 7-2-81, 12-24-87, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3105 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3105, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3106          APPLICATION FOR DISCHARGE PERMITS AND RENEWALS:

                A.            Any person who, before or on June 18, 1977, is discharging any of the water contaminants listed in Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC or any toxic pollutant so that they may move directly or indirectly into ground water shall, within 120 days of receipt of written notice from the secretary that a discharge permit is required, or such longer time as the secretary shall for good cause allow, submit a discharge plan to the secretary for approval; such person may discharge without a discharge permit until 240 days after written notification by the secretary that a discharge permit is required or such longer time as the secretary shall for good cause allow.

                B.            Any person who intends to begin, after June 18, 1977, discharging any of the water contaminants listed in Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC or any toxic pollutant so that they may move directly or indirectly into ground water shall notify the secretary giving the information enumerated in Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.1201NMAC; the secretary shall, within 60 days, notify such person if a discharge permit is required; upon submission, the secretary shall review the discharge plan pursuant to Sections 20.6.2.3108 and 20.6.2.3109 NMAC.  For good cause shown the secretary may allow such person to discharge without a discharge permit for a period not to exceed 120 days.

                C.            A proposed discharge plan shall set forth in detail the methods or techniques the discharger proposes to use or processes expected to naturally occur which will ensure compliance with this Part.  At least the following information shall be included in the plan:

                    (1)     Quantity, quality and flow characteristics of the discharge;

                    (2)     Location of the discharge and of any bodies of water, watercourses and ground water discharge sites within one mile of the outside perimeter of the  discharge site, and existing or proposed wells to be used for monitoring;

                    (3)     Depth to and TDS concentration of the ground water most likely to be affected by the discharge;

                    (4)     Flooding potential of the site;

                    (5)     Location and design of site(s) and method(s) to be available for sampling, and for measurement or calculation of flow;

                    (6)     Depth to and lithological description of rock at base of alluvium below the discharge site if such information is available;

                    (7)     Any additional information that may be necessary to demonstrate that the discharge permit will not result in concentrations in excess of the standards of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC or the presence of any toxic pollutant at any place of withdrawal of water for present or reasonably foreseeable future use.  Detailed information on site geologic and hydrologic conditions may be required for a technical evaluation of the applicant's proposed discharge plan; and

                    (8)     Additional detailed information required for a technical evaluation of underground injection control wells as provided in Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2. 5299 NMAC,

                D.            An applicant for a discharge permit shall pay fees as specified in Section 20.6.2.3114 NMAC.

                E.            An applicant for a permit to dispose of or use septage or sludge, or within a source category designated by the commission, may be required by the secretary to file a disclosure statement as specified in 74-6-5.1 of the Water Quality Act.

                F.            If the holder of a discharge permit submits an application for discharge permit renewal at least 120 days before the discharge permit expires, and the discharger is not in violation of the discharge permit on the date of its expiration, then the existing discharge permit for the same activity shall not expire until the application for renewal has been approved or disapproved.  A discharge permit continued under this provision remains fully effective and enforceable.  An application for discharge permit renewal must include and adequately address all of the information necessary for evaluation of a new discharge permit.  Previously submitted materials may be included by reference provided they are current, readily available to the secretary and sufficiently identified to be retrieved.

[2-18-77, 6-26-80, 7-2-81, 9-20-82, 8-17-91, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3106 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3106, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02]

 

20.6.2.3107          MONITORING, REPORTING, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Each discharge plan shall provide for the following as the secretary may require:

                    (1)     The installation, use, and maintenance of effluent monitoring devices;

                    (2)     The installation, use, and maintenance of monitoring devices for the ground water most likely to be affected by the discharge;

                    (3)     Monitoring in the vadose zone;

                    (4)     Continuation of monitoring after cessation of operations;

                    (5)     Periodic submission to the secretary of results obtained pursuant to any monitoring requirements in the discharge permit and the methods used to obtain these results;

                    (6)     Periodic reporting to the secretary of any other information that may be required as set forth in the discharge permit;

                    (7)     The discharger to retain for a period of at least five years any monitoring data required in the discharge permit;

                    (8)     A system of monitoring and reporting to verify that the permit is achieving the expected results;

                    (9)     Procedures for detecting failure of the discharge system;

                    (10)     Contingency plans to cope with failure of the discharge permit or system;

                    (11)     A closure plan to prevent the exceedance of standards of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC or the presence of a toxic pollutant in  ground water  after the cessation of operation  which includes: a description of closure measures, maintenance and monitoring plans, post-closure maintenance and monitoring plans, financial assurance, and other measures necessary to prevent and/or abate such contamination. The obligation to implement the closure plan as well as the requirements of the closure plan, if any is required, survives the termination or expiration of the permit.  A closure plan for any underground injection control well must also incorporate the applicable requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5005 and 20.6.2.5209 NMAC.

                B.            Sampling and analytical techniques shall conform with the following references unless otherwise specified by the secretary:

                    (1)     Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, latest edition, American Public Health Association; or

                    (2)     Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Waste, and other publications of the Analytical Quality Laboratory, EPA; or

                    (3)     Techniques of Water Resource Investigations of the U.S. Geological Survey; or

                    (4)     Annual Book of ASTM Standards.  Part 31.  Water, latest edition, American Society For Testing and Materials; or

                    (5)     Federal Register, latest methods published for monitoring pursuant to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations; or

                    (6)     National Handbook of Recommended Methods for Water-Data Acquisition, latest edition, prepared cooperatively by agencies of the United States Government under the sponsorship of the U.S. Geological Survey.

                C.            The discharger shall notify the secretary of any facility expansion, production increase or process modification that would result in any significant modification in the discharge of water contaminants.

                D.            Any discharger of effluent or leachate shall allow any authorized representative of the secretary to:

                    (1)     inspect and copy records required by a discharge permit;

                    (2)     inspect any treatment works, monitoring and analytical equipment;

                    (3)     sample any effluent before or after discharge;

                    (4)     use monitoring systems and wells installed pursuant to a discharge permit requirement in order to collect samples from ground water or the vadose zone.

                E.            Each discharge permit for an underground injection control well shall incorporate the applicable requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC.

[2-18-77, 9-20-82, 11-17-83, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3107 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3107, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3108          PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATION:

                A.            Within 15 days of receipt of an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal, the department shall review the application for administrative completeness.  To be deemed administratively complete, an application shall provide all of the information required by Paragraphs (1) through (5) of Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC and shall indicate, for department approval, the proposed locations and newspaper for providing notice required by Paragraphs (1) and (4) of Subsection B or Paragraph (2) of Subsection C of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC.  The department shall notify the applicant in writing when the application is deemed administratively complete.  If the department determines that the application is not administratively complete, the department shall notify the applicant of the deficiencies in writing within 15 days of receipt of the application and state what additional information is necessary.

                B.            Within 30 days of the department deeming an application for discharge permit or discharge permit modification administratively complete, the applicant shall provide notice, in accordance with the requirements of Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, to the general public in the locale of the proposed discharge in a form provided by the department by each of the methods listed below:

                    (1)     for each 640 contiguous acres or less of a discharge site, prominently posting a synopsis of the public notice at least 2 feet by 3 feet in size, in English and in Spanish, at a place conspicuous to the public, approved by the department, at or near the proposed facility for 30 days; one additional notice, in a form approved by and may be provided by the department, shall be posted at a place located off the discharge site, at a place conspicuous to the public and approved by the department; the department may require a second posting location for more than 640 contiguous acres or when the discharge site is not located on contiguous properties;

                    (2)     providing written notice of the discharge by mail, to owners of record of all properties within a 1/3 mile distance from the boundary of the property where the discharge site is located; if there are no properties other than properties owned by the discharger within a 1/3 mile distance from the boundary of property where the discharge site is located, the applicant shall provide notice to owners of record of the next nearest adjacent properties not owned by the discharger;

                    (3)     providing notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner of the discharge site if the applicant is not the owner; and

                    (4)     publishing a synopsis of the notice in English and in Spanish, in a display ad at least three inches by four inches not in the classified or legal advertisements section, in a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the proposed discharge.

                C.            Within 30 days of the department deeming an application for discharge permit renewal administratively complete, the applicant shall provide notice, in accordance with the requirements of Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, to the general public in the locale of the proposed discharge in a form provided by the department by each of the methods listed below:

                    (1)     providing notice by certified mail to the owner of the discharge site if the applicant is not the owner; and

                    (2)     publishing a synopsis of the notice, in English and in Spanish, in a display ad at least two inches by three inches, not in the classified or legal advertisements section, in a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the discharge.

                D.            Within 15 days of completion of the public notice requirements in Subsections B or C of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, the applicant shall submit to the department proof of notice, including an affidavit of mailing(s) and the list of property owner(s), proof of publication, and an affidavit of posting, as appropriate.

                E.            Within 30 days of determining an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal is administratively complete, the department shall post a notice on its website and shall mail notice to any affected local, state, federal, tribal or pueblo governmental agency, political subdivisions, ditch associations and land grants, as identified by the department. The department shall also mail or e-mail notice to those persons on a general and facility-specific list maintained by the department who have requested notice of discharge permit applications. The notice shall include the information listed in Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC.

                F.            The notice provided under Subsection B, C and E of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC shall include:

                    (1)     the name and address of the proposed discharger;

                    (2)     the location of the discharge, including a street address, if available, and sufficient information to locate the facility with respect to surrounding landmarks;

                    (3)     a brief description of the activities that produce the discharge described in the application;

                    (4)     a brief description of the expected quality and volume of the discharge;

                    (5)     the depth to and total dissolved solids concentration of the ground water most likely to be affected by the discharge;

                    (6)     the address and phone number within the department by which interested persons may obtain information, submit comments, and request to be placed on a facility-specific mailing list for future notices; and

                    (7)     a statement that the department will accept comments and statements of interest regarding the application and will create a facility-specific mailing list for persons who wish to receive future notices.

                G.            All persons who submit comments or statements of interest to the department or previously participated in a public hearing and who provide a mail or e-mail address shall be placed on a facility-specific mailing list and the department shall send those persons the public notice issued pursuant to Subsection H of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, and notice of any public meeting or hearing scheduled on the application. All persons who contact the department to inquire about a specific facility shall be informed of the opportunity to be placed on the facility-specific mailing list.

                H.            Within 60 days after the department makes its administrative completeness determination and all required technical information is available, the department shall make available a proposed approval or disapproval of the application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal, including conditions for approval proposed by the department or the reasons for disapproval.  The department shall mail by certified mail a copy of the proposed approval or disapproval to the applicant, and shall provide notice of the proposed approval or disapproval of the application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal by:

                    (1)     posting on the department’s website;

                    (2)     publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in this state and a newspaper of general circulation in the location of the facility;

                    (3)     mailing or e-mailing to those persons on a facility-specific mailing list;

                    (4)     mailing to any affected local, state, or federal governmental agency, ditch associations and land grants, as identified by the department; and

                    (5)     mailing to the governor, chairperson, or president of each Indian tribe, pueblo or nation within the state of New Mexico, as identified by the department.

                I.             The public notice issued under Subsection H shall include the information in Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC and the following information:

                    (1)     a brief description of the procedures to be followed by the secretary in making a final determination;

                    (2)     a statement of the comment period and description of the procedures for a person to request a hearing on the application; and

                    (3)     the address and telephone number at which interested persons may obtain a copy of the proposed approval or disapproval of an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal.

                J.             In the event that the proposed approval or disapproval of an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal is available for review within 30 days of deeming the application administratively complete, the department may combine the public notice procedures of Subsections E and H of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC.

                K.            Following the public notice of the proposed approval or disapproval of an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal, and prior to a final decision by the secretary, there shall be a period of at least 30 days during which written comments may be submitted to the department and/or a public hearing may be requested in writing.  The 30-day comment period shall begin on the date of publication of notice in the newspaper.  All comments will be considered by the department.  Requests for a hearing shall be in writing and shall set forth the reasons why a hearing should be held.  A public hearing shall be held if the secretary determines there is substantial public interest.  The department shall notify the applicant and any person requesting a hearing of the decision whether to hold a hearing and the reasons therefore in writing.

                L.            If a hearing is held, pursuant to Subsection K of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, notice of the hearing shall be given by the department at least 30 days prior to the hearing in accordance with Subsection H of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC.  The notice shall include the information identified in Subsection F of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC in addition to the time and place of the hearing and a brief description of the hearing procedures.  The hearing shall be held pursuant to 20.6.2.3110 NMAC.

[2-18-77, 12-24-87, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3108 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3108, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02; A, 7-16-06]

 

20.6.2.3109          SECRETARY APPROVAL, DISAPPROVAL, MODIFICATION OR TERMINATION OF DISCHARGE PERMITS, AND REQUIREMENT FOR ABATEMENT PLANS:

                A.            The department shall evaluate the application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal based on information contained in the department's administrative record.  The department may request from the discharger, either before or after the issuance of any public notice, additional information necessary for the evaluation of the application.  The administrative record shall consist of the application, any additional information required by the department, any information submitted by the discharger or the general public, other information considered by the department, the proposed approval or disapproval of an application for a discharge permit, modification or renewal prepared pursuant to Subsection G of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, and, if a public hearing is held, all of the documents filed with the hearing clerk, all exhibits offered into evidence at the hearing, the written transcript or tape recording of the hearing, any hearing officer report, and any post hearing submissions.

                B.            The secretary shall, within 30 days after the administrative record is complete and all required information is available, approve, approve with conditions or disapprove the proposed discharge permit, modification or renewal based on the administrative record.  The secretary shall give written notice of the action taken to the applicant or permittee and any other person who participated in the permitting action who requests a copy in writing.

                C.            Provided that the other requirements of this part are met and the proposed discharge plan, modification or renewal demonstrates that neither a hazard to public health nor undue risk to property will result, the secretary shall approve the proposed discharge plan, modification or renewal if the following requirements are met:

                    (1)     ground water that has a TDS concentration of 10,000 mg/l or less will not be affected by the discharge; or

                    (2)     the person proposing to discharge demonstrates that approval of the proposed discharge plan, modification or renewal will not result in either concentrations in excess of the standards of  20.6.2.3103 NMAC or the presence of any toxic pollutant at any place of withdrawal of water for present or reasonably foreseeable future use, except for contaminants in the water diverted as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC; or

                    (3)     the proposed discharge plan conforms to either Subparagraph (a) or (b) below and Subparagraph (c) below:

                              (a)     municipal, other domestic discharges, and discharges from sewerage systems handling only animal wastes:  the effluent is entirely domestic, is entirely from a sewerage system handling only animal wastes or is from a municipality and conforms to the following:

                                        (i)     the discharge is from an impoundment or a leach field existing on February 18, 1977 which receives less than 10,000 gallons per day and the secretary has not found that the discharge may cause a hazard to public health; or

                                        (ii)     the discharger has demonstrated that the total nitrogen in effluent that enters the subsurface from a leach field or surface impoundment will not exceed 200 pounds per acre per year and that the effluent will meet the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC except for nitrates and except for contaminants in the water diverted as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC; or

                                        (iii)     the total nitrogen in effluent that is applied to a crop which is harvested shall not exceed by more than 25 percent the maximum amount of nitrogen reasonably expected to be taken up by the crop and the effluent shall meet the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC except for nitrates and except for contaminants in the water diverted as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC;

                              (b)     discharges from industrial, mining or manufacturing operations:

                                        (i)     the discharger has demonstrated that the amount of effluent that enters the subsurface from a surface impoundment will not exceed 0.5 acre-feet per acre per year; or

                                        (ii)     the discharger has demonstrated that the total nitrogen in effluent that enters the subsurface from a leach field or surface impoundment shall not exceed 200 pounds per acre per year and the effluent shall meet the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC except for nitrate and contaminants in the water diverted as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC; or

                                        (iii)     the total nitrogen in effluent that is applied to a crop that is harvested shall not exceed by more than 25 percent the maximum amount of nitrogen reasonably expected to be taken up by the crop and the effluent shall meet the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC except for nitrate and contaminants in the water diverted as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC;

                              (c)     all discharges:

                                        (i)     the monitoring system proposed in the discharge plan includes adequate provision for sampling of effluent and adequate flow monitoring so that the amount being discharged onto or below the surface of the ground can be determined;

                                        (ii)     the monitoring data is reported to the secretary at a frequency determined by the secretary.

                D.            The secretary shall allow the following unless he determines that a hazard to public health may result:

                    (1)     the weight of water contaminants in water diverted from any source may be discharged provided that the discharge is to the aquifer from which the water was diverted or to an aquifer containing a greater concentration of the contaminants than contained in the water diverted; and provided further that contaminants added as a result of the means of diversion shall not be considered to be part of the weight of water contaminants in the water diverted;

                    (2)     the water contaminants leached from undisturbed natural materials may be discharged provided that:

                              (a)     the contaminants were not leached as a product or incidentally pursuant to a solution mining operation; and

                              (b)     the contaminants were not leached as a result of direct discharge into the vadose zone from municipal or industrial facilities used for the storage, disposal, or treatment of effluent;

                    (3)     the water contaminants leached from undisturbed natural materials as a result of discharge into ground water from lakes used as a source of cooling water.

                E.            If data submitted pursuant to any monitoring requirements specified in the discharge permit or other information available to the secretary indicates that this part is being or may be violated or that the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC are being or will be exceeded, or a toxic pollutant as defined in 20.6.2.7 NMAC is present, in ground water at any place of withdrawal for present or reasonably foreseeable future use, or that the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico are being or may be violated in surface water, due to the discharge, except as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC.

                    (1)     The secretary may require a discharge permit modification within the shortest reasonable time so as to achieve compliance with this part and to provide that any exceeding of standards in ground water at any place of withdrawal for present or reasonably foreseeable future use, or in surface water, due to the discharge except as provided in Subsection D of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC will be abated or prevented.  If the secretary requires a discharge permit modification to abate water pollution:

                              (a)     the abatement shall be consistent with the requirements and provisions of 20.6.2.4101, 20.6.2.4103, Subsection C and E of 20.6.2.4106, 20.6.2.4107, 20.6.2.4108 and 20.6.2.4112 NMAC; and

                              (b)     the discharger may request of the secretary approval to carry out the abatement under 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC, in lieu of modifying the discharge permit; the discharger shall make the request in writing and shall include the reasons for the request.

                    (2)     The secretary may terminate a discharge permit when a discharger fails to modify the permit in accordance with Paragraph (1) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.3109 NMAC.

                    (3)     The secretary may require modification, or may terminate a discharge permit for a class I non-hazardous waste injection well, a class III well or other type of well specified in Subsection A of 20.6.2.5101 NMAC, pursuant to the requirements of Subsection I of 20.6.2.5101 NMAC.

                F.            If a discharge permit expires or is terminated for any reason and the standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC are being or will be exceeded, or a toxic pollutant as defined in 20.6.2.7 NMAC is present in ground water, or that the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico are being or may be violated, the secretary may require the discharger to submit an abatement plan pursuant to 20.6.2.4104 and Subsection A of 20.6.2.4106 NMAC.

                G.            At the request of the discharger, a discharge permit may be modified in accordance with 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3114 NMAC.

                H.            The secretary shall not approve a proposed discharge plan, modification, or renewal for:

                    (1)     any discharge for which the discharger has not provided a site and method for flow measurement and sampling;

                    (2)     any discharge that will cause any stream standard to be violated;

                    (3)     the discharge of any water contaminant which may result in a hazard to public health; or

                    (4)     a period longer than five years, except that for new discharges, the term of the discharge permit approval shall commence on the date the discharge begins, but in no event shall the term of the approval exceed seven years from the date the permit was issued; for those permits expiring more than five years from the date of issuance, the discharger shall give prior written notification to the department of the date the discharge is to commence; the term of the permit shall not exceed five years from that date.

[2-18-77, 6-26-80, 9-20-82, 7-2-81, 3-3-86, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3109 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3109, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02; A, 7-16-06]

 [Subsection 3109.A was added and subsequent subsections renumbered 11-15-96]

 

20.6.2.3110          PUBLIC HEARING PARTICIPATION:

                A.            The secretary may appoint an impartial hearing officer to preside over the hearing.  The hearing officer may be a department employee other than an employee of the bureau evaluating the application.

                B.            The hearing shall be at a place in the area affected by the facility for which the discharge permit proposal, modification or renewal is sought.

                C.            Any person who wishes to present technical evidence at the hearing shall, no later than ten (10) days prior to the hearing, file with the department, and if filed by a person who is not the applicant, serve on the applicant, a statement of intent to present evidence.  A person who does not file a statement of intent to present evidence may present a general non-technical statement in support of or in opposition to the proposed discharge plan, modification or renewal.  The statement of intent to present technical evidence shall include:

                    (1)     the name of the person filing the statement;

                    (2)     indication of whether the person filing the statement supports or opposes the proposed discharge plan proposal, modification or renewal;

                    (3)     the name of each witness;

                    (4)     an estimate of the length of the direct testimony of each witness;

                    (5)     a list of exhibits, if any, to be offered into evidence at the hearing; and

                    (6)     a summary or outline of the anticipated direct testimony of each witness.

                D.            At the hearing, the New Mexico Rules of Civil Procedure, SCRA 1986, 1-001 to 1-102 and the New Mexico Rules of Evidence, SCRA 1986, 11-101 to 11-1102 shall not apply.  At the discretion of the hearing officer, the rules may be used as guidance.  Any reference to the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence shall not be construed to extend or otherwise modify the authority and jurisdiction of the department under the Act.

                E.            The hearing officer shall conduct a fair and impartial proceeding, assure that the facts are fully elicited, and avoid delay.  The hearing officer shall have authority to take all measures necessary for the maintenance of order and for the efficient, fair and impartial adjudication of issues arising in the proceedings.

                F.            At the hearing, all persons shall be given a reasonable chance to submit data, views or arguments orally or in writing and to examine witnesses testifying at the hearing.

                G.            Unless otherwise allowed by the hearing officer, testimony shall be presented in the following order:

                    (1)     testimony by and examination of the applicant or permittee proving the facts relied upon to justify the proposed discharge plan, renewal or modification and meeting the requirements of the regulations;

                    (2)     testimony by and examination of technical witnesses supporting or opposing  approval, approval subject to conditions, or disapproval of the proposed discharge plan, renewal or modification, in any reasonable order;

                    (3)     testimony by the general public; and

                    (4)     rebuttal testimony, if appropriate.

                H.            The secretary may provide translation service at a public hearing conducted in a locale where the Department can reasonably expect to receive testimony from non-English speaking people.

                I.             If determined useful by the hearing officer, within thirty (30) days after conclusion of the hearing, or within such time as may be fixed by the hearing officer, the hearing officer may allow proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law and closing argument.  All such submissions, if allowed, shall be in writing, shall be served upon the applicant or permittee, the department and all persons who request copies in advance in writing, and shall contain adequate references to the record and authorities relied on.  No new evidence shall be presented unless specifically allowed by the hearing officer.

                J.             The department shall make an audio recording of the hearing.  If the applicant or permittee, or a participant requests a written transcript or certified copy of the audio recording, the requestor shall pay the cost of the transcription or audio copying.

                K.            The hearing officer shall issue a report within thirty (30) days after the close of the hearing record.  The report may include findings of fact, conclusions regarding all material issues of law or discretion, as well as reasons therefore.  The report shall be served on the applicant or permittee, the department, and all persons who request copies in advance in writing.  The report will be available for public inspection at the department's office in Santa Fe and at the field office closest to the point of the proposed discharge.

                L.            The secretary shall issue a decision in the matter no later than thirty (30) days of receipt of the hearing report.  The decision shall be served and made available for inspection pursuant to Subsection K of this section.

                M.           Any person who testifies at the hearing or submits a written statement for the record will be considered a participant for purposes of Subsection 20.6.2.3113 NMAC and NMSA 1978, Section 74-6-5.N.

[2-18-77, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3110 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3110, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3111          TRANSFER OF DISCHARGE PERMIT:  No purported transfer of any discharge permit shall be effective to create, alter or extinguish any right or responsibility of any person subject to this Part, unless the following transfer requirements are met:

                A.            Prior to any transfer of ownership, control, or possession (whether by lease, conveyance or otherwise) of a facility with a discharge permit, the transferror shall notify the transferee in writing of the existence of the discharge permit, and shall deliver or send by certified mail to the department a copy of such written notification, together with a certification or other proof that such notification has in fact been received by the transferee.

                B.            Upon receipt of such notification, the transferee shall have the duty to inquire into all of the provisions and requirements contained in such discharge permit, and the transferee shall be charged with notice of all such provisions and requirements as they appear of record in the department's file or files concerning such discharge permit.

                C.            Until both ownership and possession of the facility have been transferred to the transferee, the transferor shall continue to be responsible for any discharge from the facility.

                D.            Upon assuming either ownership or possession of the facility, the transferee shall have the same rights and responsibilities under the discharge permit as were applicable to the transferor.

                E.            Nothing in this section or in this part shall be construed to relieve any person of responsibility or liability for any act or omission which occurred while that person owned, controlled or was in possession of the facility.

[2-18-77, 12-24-87, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3111 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3111, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3112          APPEALS OF SECRETARY'S DECISIONS:

                A.            If the secretary approves, approves subject to conditions, or disapproves a proposed discharge plan, renewal or modification, or modifies or terminates a discharge permit, appeal therefrom shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 74-6-5(N), (O) and (P), NMSA 1978.  The filing of an appeal does not act as a stay of any provision of the Act, the regulations, or any permit issued pursuant to the Act, unless otherwise ordered by the secretary or the commission.

                B.            If the secretary determines that a discharger is not exempt from obtaining a discharge permit, or that the material to be discharged contains any toxic pollutant as defined in 20.6.2.7 NMAC, which is not included in the numerical standards of 20.6.2.3103 NMAC, then the discharger may appeal such determination by filing with the commission's secretary a notice of appeal to the commission within thirty days after receiving the secretary's written determination, and the appeal therefrom and any action of the commission thereon shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 74-6-5(O), (P), (Q), (R) and (S) NMSA 1978.

                C.            Proceedings before the commission shall be conducted in accordance with the commission’s adjudicatory procedures, 20 NMAC 1.3.

[2-18-77, 7-2-81, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3112 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3112, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 7-16-06]

 

20.6.2.3113          APPEALS OF COMMISSION DECISIONS:  An applicant, permittee or a person who participated in a permitting action and who is adversely affected by such action may appeal the decision of the com-mission in accordance with the provisions of Section 74-6-7(A), NMSA 1978.

[2-18-77, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.3113 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3113, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.3114          FEES:

                A.            FEE AMOUNT AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT - Every facility submitting a discharge permit application for approval or renewal shall pay the permit fees specified in Table 1 of this section and shall pay a filing fee as specified in Table 2 of this section to the Water Quality Management Fund. Every facility submitting a request for temporary permission to discharge pursuant to Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.3106 NMAC, or financial assurance pursuant to Paragraph 11 of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.3107 NMAC shall pay the fees specified in Table 2 of this section to the Water Quality Management Fund.

                B.            Facilities applying for discharge permits which are subsequently withdrawn or denied shall pay one-half of the permit fee at the time of denial or withdrawal.

                C.            Every facility submitting an application for discharge permit modification will be assessed a filing fee plus one-half of the permit fee.  Applications for both renewal and modification will pay the filing fee plus the permit fee.

                D.            If the secretary requires a discharge permit modification as a component of an enforcement action, the facility shall pay the applicable discharge permit modification fee.  If the secretary requires a discharge permit modification outside the context of an enforcement action, the facility shall not be assessed a fee.

                E.            The secretary may waive or reduce fees for discharge permit modifications or renewals which require little or no cost for investigation or issuance.

                F.            Facilities shall pay the filing fee at the time of discharge permit application.  The filing fee is nonrefundable.  The required permit fees may be paid in a single payment at the time of discharge permit approval or in equal installments over the term of the discharge permit. Installment payments shall be remitted yearly, with the first installment due on the date of discharge permit approval. Subsequent installment payments shall be remitted yearly thereafter.  The discharge permit or discharge permit application review of any facility shall be suspended or terminated if the facility fails to submit an installment payment by its due date.

                G.            Every three years beginning in 2004, the department shall review the fees specified in Table 1 and 2 of this section and shall provide a report to the commission. The department shall revise the fees as necessary in accordance with Section 74-6-5(J), NMSA 1978.

 

 



20.6.2.3114 TABLE 1 (gpd=gallons per day)

Permit Fee

Agriculture <10,000 gpd

$  1,150

Agriculture 10,000 to 49,999 gpd

$  2,300

Agriculture  50,000 to 99,999 gpd

$  3,450

Agriculture  100,000 gpd or greater

$  4,600

Domestic Waste <10,000 gpd

$  1,150

Domestic Waste 10,000 to 49,999 gpd

$  2,300

Domestic Waste 50,000 to 99,999 gpd

$  3,450

Domestic Waste 100,000 to 999,999 gpd

$  4,600

Domestic Waste  1,000,000 to 9,999,999 gpd

$  7,000

Domestic Waste 10,000,000 gpd or greater

$  9,200

Food Processing  <10,000 gpd

$  1,150

Food Processing  10,000 to 49,999 gpd

$  2,300

Food Processing  50,000 to 99,999 gpd

$  3,450

Food Processing  100,000 to 999,999 gpd

$  4,600

Food Processing  1,000,000 or greater

$  7,000

Grease/Septage surface disposal <10,000 gpd

$  1,725

Grease/Septage surface disposal 10,000 gpd or greater

$  3,450

Industrial <10,000 gpd; or <10,000 yd3 of contaminated solids

$  1,725

Industrial 10,000 to 99,999 gpd; or 10,000 to 99,999 yd3 of contaminated solids

$  3,450

Industrial 100,000 to 999,999 gpd; or 100,000  to 999,999 yd3 of contaminated solids or greater

$  6,900

Industrial 1,000,000 gpd or greater; or 1,000,000 yd3 of contaminated solids or greater

$10,350

Discharge of remediation system effluent - remediation plan approved under separate regulatory authority

$  1,600

Mining dewatering

$  3,250

Mining leach dump

$13,000

Mining tailings

$13,000

Mining waste rock

$13,000

Mining in-situ leach (except salt) and old stope leaching

$13,000

Mining other (mines with minimal environmental impact, post closure operation and maintenance, evaporation lagoons and land application at uranium mines)

$  4,750

Gas Compressor Stations 0 to 1000 Horsepower

$     400

Gas Compressor Stations  >1001 Horsepower

$  1,700

Gas Processing Plants

$  4,000

Injection Wells: Class I

$  4,500

Injection Wells: Class III and Geothermal

$  1,700

Oil and Gas Service Companies

$  1,700

Refineries

$  8,400

Crude Pump Station

$  1,200

Underground Gas Storage

$  1,700

Abatement of ground water and vadose zone contamination at oil and gas Sites

$  2,600

General permit

$     600

 

 

20.6.2.3114 Table 2

 

 

 

Fee

 

 

Amount

Filing fee

  

 $                  100

Temporary permission

 

 $                  150

Financial assurance: approval of instrument

greater of $250 or .01%

Financial assurance: annual review

greater of $100 or .001%

[8-17-91, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.3114, Rn & A, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3114, 01-01-01]

 

20.6.2.3115 - 20.6.2.3999: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.3115 - 20.6.2.3999 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3115-4100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4000          PREVENTION AND ABATEMENT OF WATER POLLUTION:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4000 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4001 - 20.6.2.4100: [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4001 - 20.6.2.4100 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.III.3115-4100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4101          PURPOSE:

                A.            The purposes of Sections 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC are to:

                    (1)     Abate pollution of subsurface water so that all ground water of the State of New Mexico which has a background concentration of 10,000 mg/L or less TDS, is either remediated or protected for use as domestic and agricultural water supply, and to remediate or protect those segments of surface waters which are gaining because of subsurface-water inflow, for uses designated in the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico (20.6.4 NMAC); and

                    (2)     Abate surface-water pollution so that all surface waters of the State of New Mexico are remediated or protected for designated or attainable uses as defined in the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico (20.6.4  NMAC).

                B.            If the background concentration of any water contaminant exceeds the standard or requirement of Subsections A, B and C of Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, pollution shall be abated by the responsible person to the background concentration.

                C.            The standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC are not intended as maximum ranges and concentrations for use, and nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the use of waters containing higher ranges and concentrations.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4101 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4101, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4102:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4102 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4102, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4103          ABATEMENT STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            The vadose zone shall be abated so that water contaminants in the vadose zone shall not be capable of contaminating ground water or surface water, in excess of the standards in Subsections B and C below, through leaching, percolation or as the water table elevation fluctuates.

                B.            Ground-water pollution at any place of withdrawal for present or reasonably foreseeable future use, where the TDS concentration is 10,000 mg/L or less, shall be abated to conform to the following standards:

                    (1)     toxic pollutant(s) as defined in Section 20.6.2.1101 NMAC shall not be present; and

                    (2)     the standards of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC shall be met.

                C.            Surface-water pollution shall be abated to conform to the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico (20.6.4 NMAC).

                D.            Subsurface-water and surface-water abatement shall not be considered complete until a minimum of eight (8) consecutive quarterly samples from all compliance sampling stations approved by the secretary meet the abatement standards of Subsections A, B and C of this section. Abatement of water contaminants measured in solid-matrix samples of the vadose zone shall be considered complete after one-time sampling from compliance stations approved by the secretary.

                E.            Technical Infeasibility.

                    (1)     If any responsible person is unable to fully meet the abatement standards set forth in Subsections A and B of this section using commercially accepted abatement technology pursuant to an approved abatement plan, he may propose that abatement standards compliance is technically infeasible.  Technical infeasibility proposals involving the use of experimental abatement technology shall be considered at the discretion of the secretary.  Technical infeasibility may be demonstrated by a statistically valid extrapolation of the decrease in concentration(s) of any water contaminant(s) over the remainder of a twenty (20) year period, such that projected future reductions during that time would be less than 20 percent of the concentration(s) at the time technical infeasibility is proposed.  A statistically valid decrease cannot be demonstrated by fewer than eight (8) consecutive quarters. The technical infeasibility proposal shall include a substitute abatement standard(s) for those contaminants that is/are technically feasible.  Abatement standards for all other water contaminants not demonstrated to be technically infeasible shall be met.

                    (2)     In no event shall a proposed technical infeasibility demonstration be approved by the secretary for any water contaminant if its concentration is greater than 200 percent of the abatement standard for that contaminant.

                    (3)     If the secretary cannot approve any or all portions of a proposed technical infeasibility demonstration because the water contaminant concentration(s) is/are greater than 200 percent of the abatement standard(s) for each contaminant, the responsible person may further pursue the issue of technical infeasibility by filing a petition with the commission seeking:

                              (a)     approval of alternate abatement standard(s) pursuant to Subsection F of  this section; or

                              (b)     granting of a variance pursuant to Section 20.6.2.1210 NMAC.

                F.            Alternative Abatement Standards.

                    (1)     At any time during or after the submission of a Stage 2 abatement plan, the responsible person may file a petition seeking approval of alternative abatement standard(s) for the standards set forth in Subsections A and B of this section.  The commission may approve alternative abatement standard(s) if the petitioner demonstrates that:

                              (a)     compliance with the abatement standard(s) is/are not feasible, by the maximum use of technology within the economic capability of the responsible person; OR there is no reasonable relationship between the economic and social costs and benefits (including attainment of the standard(s) set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC) to be obtained;

                              (b)     the proposed alternative abatement standard(s) is/are technically achievable and cost-benefit justifiable; and

                              (c)     compliance with the proposed alternative abatement standard(s) will not create a present or future hazard to public health or undue damage to property.

                    (2)     The petition shall be in writing, filed with the secretary. The petition shall specify, in addition to the information required by Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1210 NMAC, the water contaminant(s) for which alternative standard(s) is/are proposed, the alternative standard(s) proposed, the three-dimensional body of water pollution for which approval is sought, and the extent to which the abatement standard(s) set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC is/are now, and will in the future be, violated.  The petition may include a transport, fate and risk assessment in accordance with accepted methods, and other information as the petitioner deems necessary to support the petition.

                    (3)     The commission shall review a petition for alternative abatement standards in accordance with the procedures for review of a variance petition provided in the commission’s adjudicatory procedures, 20.1.3 NMAC.

[12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.4103 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4103, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4104          ABATEMENT PLAN REQUIRED:

                A.            Unless otherwise provided by this Part, all responsible persons who are abating, or who are required to abate, water pollution in excess of the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC of this Part shall do so pursuant to an abatement plan approved by the secretary.  When an abatement plan has been approved, all actions leading to and including abatement shall be consistent with the terms and conditions of the abatement plan.

                B.            In the event of a transfer of the ownership, control or possession of a facility for which an abatement plan is required or approved, where the transferor is a responsible person, the transferee also shall be considered a responsible person for the duration of the abatement plan, and may jointly share the responsibility to conduct the actions required by this Part with other responsible persons. The transferor shall notify the transferee in writing, at least thirty (30) days prior to the transfer, that an abatement plan has been required or approved for the facility, and shall deliver or send by certified mail to the secretary a copy of such notification together with a certificate or other proof that such notification has in fact been received by the transferee.  The transferor and transferee may agree to a designated responsible person who shall assume the responsibility to conduct the actions required by this Part. The responsible persons shall notify the secretary in writing if a designated responsible person is agreed upon.  If the secretary determines that the designated responsible person has failed to conduct the actions required by this Part, the secretary shall notify all responsible persons of this failure in writing and allow them thirty (30) days, or longer for good cause shown, to conduct the required actions before issuing a compliance order pursuant to Section 20.6.2.1220 NMAC.

                C.            If the source of the water pollution to be abated is a facility that operated under a discharge plan, the secretary may require the responsible person(s) to submit a financial assurance plan which covers the estimated costs to conduct the actions required by the abatement plan.  Such a financial assurance plan shall be consistent with any financial assurance requirements adopted by the commission.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4104 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4104, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4105          EXEMPTIONS FROM ABATEMENT PLAN REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Except as provided in Subsection B of this Section, Sections 20.6.2.4104 and 20.6.2.4106 NMAC do not apply to a person who is abating water pollution:

                    (1)     from a storage tank, under the authority of the Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations (20.5 NMAC) adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board, or in accordance with the New Mexico Ground Water Protection Act;

                    (2)     under the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to either the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and amendments, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act;

                    (3)     under the authority of the secretary pursuant to the Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (20.4.1 NMAC) adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board;

                    (4)     under the authority of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the U.S. Department of Energy pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act;

                    (5)     from a solid waste landfill, under the authority of the secretary pursuant to the Solid Waste Management Regulations (20.9.1 NMAC) adopted by the N.M. Environmental Improvement Board;

                    (6)     under the authority of a ground-water discharge plan approved by the secretary, provided that such abatement is consistent with the requirements and provisions of Sections 20.6.2.4101, 20.6.2.4103, Subsections C and E of Section 20.6.2.4106, Sections 20.6.2.4107 and 20.6.2.4112 NMAC;

                    (7)     under the authority of a Letter of Understanding, Settlement Agreement or Administrative Order on Consent signed by the secretary prior to December 1, 1995, provided that abatement is being performed in full compliance with the terms of the Letter of Understanding, Settlement Agreement or Administrative Order on Consent; and

                    (8)     on an emergency basis, or while abatement plan approval is pending, or in a manner that will result in compliance with the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC within one hundred and eighty (180) days after notice is required to be given pursuant to Paragraph (1) of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1203 NMAC, provided that the delegated agency does not object to the abatement action pursuant to Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1203 NMAC.

                B.            If the secretary determines that abatement of water pollution subject to Subsection A of this section will not meet the standards of Subsections B and C of Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, or that additional action is necessary to protect health, welfare, environment or property, the secretary may notify a responsible person, by certified mail, to submit an abatement plan pursuant to Section 20.6.2.4104 and Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.4106 NMAC.  The notification shall state the reasons for the secretary's determination.  In any appeal of the secretary's determination under this Section, the secretary shall have the burden of proof.

                C.            Sections 20.6.2.4104 and 20.6.2.4106 NMAC do not apply to the following activities:

                    (1)     Discharges subject to an effective and enforceable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit;

                    (2)     Land application of ground water contaminated with nitrogen originating from human or animal waste and not otherwise exceeding the standards of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC and not containing a toxic pollutant as defined in Section 20.6.2.1101 NMAC, provided that it is done in compliance with a discharge plan approved by the secretary;

                    (3)     Abatement of water pollution resulting from the withdrawal and decontamination or blending of polluted water for use as a public or private drinking-water supply, by any person other than a responsible person, unless the secretary determines that a hazard to public health may result; and

                    (4)     Reasonable operation and maintenance of irrigation and flood control facilities.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4105 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4105, 1-15-01; A, 10/15/03]

 

20.6.2.4106          ABATEMENT PLAN PROPOSAL:

                A.            Except as provided for in Section 20.6.2.4105 NMAC, a responsible person shall, within sixty (60) days of receipt of written notice from the secretary that an abatement plan is required, submit an abatement plan proposal to the secretary for approval.  For good cause shown, the secretary may allow for a total of one hundred and twenty (120) days to prepare and submit the abatement plan proposal.

                B.            Voluntary Abatement:

                    (1)     Any person wishing to abate water pollution in excess of the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC may submit a Stage 1 abatement plan proposal to the secretary for approval. Following approval by the secretary of a final site investigation report prepared pursuant to Stage 1 of an abatement plan, any person may submit a Stage 2 abatement plan proposal to the secretary for approval.

                    (2)     Following approval of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 abatement plan proposal under Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of this Section, the person submitting the approved plan shall be a responsible person under Sections 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC for the purpose of performing the approved Stage 1 or Stage 2 abatement plan.  Nothing in this Section shall preclude the secretary from applying Paragraph (9) of Subsection A of Section 20.6.2.1203 NMAC to a responsible person if applicable.

                C.            Stage 1 Abatement Plan:  The purpose of Stage 1 of the abatement plan shall be to design and conduct a site investigation that will adequately define site conditions, and provide the data necessary to select and design an effective abatement option.  Stage 1 of the abatement plan may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following information depending on the media affected, and as needed to select and implement an expeditious abatement option:

                    (1)     Descriptions of the site, including a site map, and of site history including the nature of the discharge that caused the water pollution, and a summary of previous investigations;

                    (2)     Site investigation workplan to define:

                              (a)     site geology and hydrogeology, the vertical and horizontal extent and magnitude of vadose-zone and ground-water contamination, subsurface hydraulic parameters including hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, storativity, and rate and direction of contaminant migration, inventory of water wells inside and within one (1) mile from the perimeter of the three-dimensional body where the standards set forth in Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC are exceeded, and location and number of such wells actually or potentially affected by the pollution; and

                              (b)      surface-water hydrology, seasonal stream flow characteristics, ground-water/surface-water relationships, the vertical and horizontal extent and magnitude of contamination and impacts to surface water and stream sediments.  The magnitude of contamination and impacts on surface water may be, in part, defined by conducting a biological assessment of fish, benthic macroinvertebrates and other wildlife populations. Seasonal variations should be accounted for when conducting these assessments.

                    (3)     Monitoring program, including sampling stations and frequencies, for the duration of the abatement plan that may be modified, after approval by the secretary, as additional sampling stations are created;

                    (4)     Quality assurance plan, consistent with the sampling and analytical techniques listed in Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.3107 NMAC and with Section 20.6.4.10 NMAC of the Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Streams in New Mexico (20.6.4 NMAC), for all work to be conducted pursuant to the abatement plan;

                    (5)     Site health and safety plan for all work to be performed pursuant to the abatement plan;

                    (6)     A schedule for all Stage 1 abatement plan activities, including the submission of summary quarterly progress reports, and the submission, for approval by the secretary, of a detailed final site investigation report; and

                    (7)     Any additional information that may be required to design and perform an adequate site investigation.

                D.            Stage 2 Abatement Plan:  Any responsible person shall submit a Stage 2 abatement plan proposal to the secretary for approval within sixty (60) days, or up to one hundred and twenty (120) days for good cause shown, after approval by the secretary of the final site investigation report prepared pursuant to Stage 1 of the abatement plan.

                E.            The purpose of Stage 2 of the abatement plan shall be to select and design, if necessary, an abatement option that, when implemented, will result in attainment of the abatement standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, including post-closure maintenance activities.  Stage 2 of the abatement plan should include, at a minimum, the following information:

                    (1)     Brief description of the current situation at the site;

                    (2)     Development and assessment of abatement options;

                    (3)     Description, justification and design, if necessary, of preferred abatement option;

                    (4)     Modification, if necessary, of the monitoring program approved pursuant to Stage 1 of the abatement plan, including the designation of pre and post abatement-completion sampling stations and sampling frequencies to be used to demonstrate compliance with the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC;

                    (5)     Site maintenance activities, if needed, proposed to be performed after termination of abatement activities;

                    (6)     A schedule for the duration of abatement activities, including the submission of summary quarterly progress reports;

                    (7)     A public notification proposal designed to satisfy the requirements of Subsections B and C of Sections 20.6.2.4108 and 20.6.2.4108 NMAC; and

                    (8)     Any additional information that may be reasonably required to select, describe, justify and design an effective abatement option.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4106 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4106, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4107          OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Any responsible person shall allow any authorized representative of the secretary to:

                    (1)     upon presentation of proper credentials, enter the facility at reasonable times;

                    (2)     inspect and copy records required by an abatement plan;

                    (3)     inspect any treatment works, monitoring and analytical equipment;

                    (4)     sample any wastes, ground water, surface water, stream sediment, plants, animals, or vadose-zone material including vadose-zone vapor;

                     (5)     use monitoring systems and wells under such responsible person's control in order to collect samples of any media listed in Paragraph (4) of Subsection A of this section; and

                    (6)     gain access to off-site property not owned or controlled by such responsible person, but accessible to such responsible person through a third-party access agreement, provided that it is allowed by the agreement.

                B.            Any responsible person shall provide the secretary, or a representative of the secretary, with at least four (4) working days advance notice of any sampling to be performed pursuant to an abatement plan, or any well plugging, abandonment or destruction at any facility where an abatement plan has been required.

                C.            Any responsible person wishing to plug, abandon or destroy a monitoring or water supply well within the perimeter of the 3-dimensional body where the standards set forth in Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC are exceeded, at any facility where an abatement plan has been required, shall propose such action by certified mail to the secretary for approval, unless such approval is required from the State Engineer.  The proposed action shall be designed to prevent water pollution that could result from water contaminants migrating through the well or borehole.  The proposed action shall not take place without written approval from the secretary, unless written approval or disapproval is not received by the responsible person within thirty (30) days of the date of receipt of the proposal.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4107 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4107, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4108          PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATION:

                A.            Within thirty (30) days of filing of a Stage 1 abatement plan proposal, the secretary shall issue a news release summarizing:

                    (1)     the source, extent, magnitude and significance of water pollution, as known at that time;

                    (2)     the proposed Stage 1 abatement plan investigation; and

                    (3)     the name and telephone number of an agency contact who can provide additional information.

                B.            Within thirty (30) days of filing of a Stage 2 abatement plan proposal, or proposed significant modification of Stage 2 of the abatement plan, any responsible person shall provide to the secretary proof of public notice of the abatement plan to the following persons:

                    (1)     the public, who shall be notified through publication of a notice in newspapers of general circulation in this state and in the county where the abatement will occur and, in areas with large percentages of non-English speaking people, through the mailing of the public notice in English to a bilingual radio station serving the area where the abatement will occur with a request that it be aired as a public service announcement in the predominant non-English language of the area;

                    (2)     those persons, as identified by the secretary, who have requested notification, who shall be notified by mail;

                    (3)     the New Mexico Trustee for Natural Resources, and any other local, state or federal governmental agency affected, as identified by the secretary, which shall be notified by certified mail;

                    (4)     owners and residents of surface property located inside, and within one (1) mile from, the perimeter of the geographic area where the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC are exceeded who shall be notified by a means approved by the secretary; and

                    (5)     the Governor or President of each Indian Tribe, Pueblo or Nation within the state of New Mexico, as identified by the secretary, who shall be notified by mail.

                C.            The public notice shall include, as approved in advance by the secretary:

                    (1)     name and address of the responsible person;

                    (2)     location of the proposed abatement;

                    (3)     brief description of the nature of the water pollution and of the proposed abatement action;

                    (4)     brief description of the procedures followed by the secretary in making a final determination;

                    (5)     statement on the comment period;

                    (6)     statement that a copy of the abatement plan can be viewed by the public at the department's main office or at the department field office for the area in which the discharge occurred;

                    (7)     statement that written comments on the abatement plan, and requests for a public meeting or hearing that include the reasons why a meeting or hearing should be held, will be accepted for consideration if sent to the secretary within sixty (60) days after the determination of administrative completeness; and

                    (8)     address and phone number at which interested persons may obtain further information.

                D.            A public meeting or hearing may be held if the secretary determines there is significant public interest.  Notice of the time and place of the meeting or hearing shall be given at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting or hearing pursuant to Subsections A and B above.  The secretary may appoint a meeting facilitator or hearing officer.  The secretary may require the responsible person to prepare for approval by the secretary a fact sheet, to be distributed at the public meeting or hearing and afterwards upon request, written in English and Spanish, describing site history, the nature and extent of water pollution, and the proposed abatement.  The record of the meeting or hearing, requested under this Section, consists of a tape recorded or transcribed session, provided that the cost of a court recorder shall be paid by the person requesting the transcript.  If requested by the secretary, the responsible person will provide a translator approved by the secretary at a public meeting or hearing conducted in a locale where testimony from non-English speaking people can reasonably be expected.  At the meeting or hearing, all interested persons shall be given a reasonable chance to submit data, views or arguments orally or in writing, and to ask questions of the secretary or the secretary's designee and of the responsible person, or their authorized representatives.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4108 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4108, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4109          SECRETARY APPROVAL OR NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY OF SUBMITTALS:

                A.            The secretary shall, within sixty (60) days of receiving a Stage 1 abatement plan proposal, a site investigation report, a technical infeasibility demonstration, or an abatement completion report, approve the document, or notify the responsible person of the document's deficiency, based upon the information available.

                B.            The secretary shall, within thirty (30) days of receiving a fact sheet, approve or notify the responsible person of the document's deficiency, based upon the information available.

                C.            If no public meeting or hearing is held pursuant to Subsection D of Section 20.6.2.4108 NMAC, then the secretary shall, within ninety (90) days of receiving a Stage 2 abatement plan proposal, approve the plan, or notify the responsible person of the plan's deficiency, based upon the information available.

                D.            If a public meeting or hearing is held pursuant to Subsection D of Section 20.6.2.4108, then the secretary shall, within sixty (60) days of receipt of all required information, approve Stage 2 of the abatement plan proposal, or notify the responsible person of the plan's deficiency, based upon the information contained in the plan and information submitted at the meeting or hearing.

                E.            If the secretary notifies a responsible person of any deficiencies in a site investigation report, or in a Stage 1 or Stage 2 abatement plan proposal, the responsible person shall submit a modified document to cure the deficiencies specified by the secretary within thirty (30) days of receipt of the notice of deficiency.  The responsible person shall be in violation of Sections 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC if he fails to submit a modified document within the required time, or if the modified document does not make a good faith effort to cure the deficiencies specified by the secretary.

                F.            Provided that the other requirements of this Part are met and provided further that Stage 2 of the abatement plan, if implemented, will result in the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC being met within a schedule that is reasonable given the particular circumstances of the site, the secretary shall approve the plan.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4109 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4109, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4110          INVESTIGATION AND ABATEMENT:  Any responsible person who receives approval for Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 of an abatement plan shall conduct all investigation, abatement, monitoring and reporting activity in full compliance with Sections 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC and according to the terms and schedules contained in the approved abatement plans.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4110 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4110, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4111          ABATEMENT PLAN MODIFICATION:

                A.            Any approved abatement plan may be modified, at the written request of the responsible person, in accordance with Sections 20.6.2.4000 through 20.6.2.4115 NMAC, and with written approval of the secretary.

                B.            If data submitted pursuant to any monitoring requirements specified in the approved abatement plan or other information available to the secretary indicates that the abatement action is ineffective, or is creating unreasonable injury to or interference with health, welfare, environment or property, the secretary may require a responsible person to modify an abatement plan within the shortest reasonable time so as to effectively abate water pollution which exceeds the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, and to abate and prevent unreasonable injury to or interference with health, welfare, environment or property.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4111 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4111, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4112          COMPLETION AND TERMINATION:

                A.            Abatement shall be considered complete when the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC are met.  At that time, the responsible person shall submit an abatement completion report, documenting compliance with the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC, to the secretary for approval.  The abatement completion report also shall propose any changes to long term monitoring and site maintenance activities, if needed, to be performed after termination of the abatement plan.

                B.            Provided that the other requirements of this Part are met and provided further that the standards and requirements set forth in Section 20.6.2.4103 NMAC have been met, the secretary shall approve the abatement completion report.  When the secretary approves the abatement completion report, he shall also notify the responsible person in writing that the abatement plan is terminated.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4112 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4112, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4113          DISPUTE RESOLUTION:  In the event of any technical dispute regarding the requirements of Paragraph (9) of Subsection A and Subsection E of Section 20.6.2.1203,  Sections 20.6.2.4103, 20.6.2.4105, 20.6.2.4106, 20.6.2.4111 or 20.6.2.4112 NMAC, including notices of deficiency, the responsible person may notify the secretary by certified mail that a dispute has arisen, and desires to invoke the dispute resolution provisions of this Section, provided that such notification must be made within thirty (30) days after receipt by the responsible person of the decision of the secretary that causes the dispute.  Upon such notification, all deadlines affected by the technical dispute shall be extended for a thirty (30) day negotiation period, or for a maximum of sixty (60) days if approved by the secretary for good cause shown.  During this negotiation period, the secretary or his/her designee and the responsible person shall meet at least once.  Such meeting(s) may be facilitated by a mutually agreed upon third party, but the third party shall assume no power or authority granted or delegated to the secretary by the Water Quality Act or by the commission.  If the dispute remains unresolved after the negotiation period, the decision of secretary shall be final.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4113 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4113, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4114          APPEALS FROM SECRETARY'S DECISIONS:

                A.            If the secretary determines that an abatement plan is required pursuant to Paragraph (9) of Subsection A of 20.6.2.1203, Paragraph (4) of Subsection E of 20.6.2.3109, or Subsection B of 20.6.2.4105 NMAC, approves or provides notice of deficiency of a proposed abatement plan, technical infeasibility demonstration or abatement completion report, or modifies or terminates an approved abatement plan, he shall provide written notice of such action by certified mail to the responsible person and any person who participated in the action.

                B.            Any person who participated in the action before the secretary and who is adversely affected by the action listed in Subsection A of 20.6.2.4114 NMAC may file a petition requesting a review before the commission.

                C.            The petition shall be made in writing to the commission and shall be filed with the commission's secretary within thirty (30) days after receiving notice of the secretary's action.  The petition shall specify the portions of the action to which the petitioner objects, certify that a copy of the petition has been mailed or hand-delivered to the secretary, and to the applicant or permittee if the petitioner is not the applicant or permittee, and attach a copy of the action for which review is sought.  Unless a timely petition for hearing is made, the secretary's action is final.

                D.            The proceedings before the commission shall be conducted as provided in the commission’s adjudicatory procedures, 20 NMAC 1.3.

                E.            The cost of the court reporter for the hearing shall be paid by the petitioner.

                F.            The appeal provisions do not relieve the owner, operator or responsible person of their obligations to comply with any federal or state laws or regulations.

[12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.4114 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4114, 1-15-01; A, 7-16-06]

 

20.6.2.4115          COURT REVIEW OF COMMISSION DECISIONS:  Court review of commission decisions shall be as provided by law.

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4115 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4115, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.4116 - 20.6.2.4999:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.4116 - 20.6.2.4999 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4116-5100, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.5000          UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.5000 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.5001          PURPOSE:  The purpose of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC controlling discharges from underground injection control wells is to protect all ground water of the State of New Mexico which has an existing concentration of 10,000 mg/l or less TDS, for present and potential future use as domestic and agricultural water supply, and to protect those segments of surface waters which are gaining because of ground water inflow for uses designated in the New Mexico Water Quality Standards.  Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC include notification requirements, and requirements for discharges directly into the subsurface through underground injection control wells.

[20.6.2.5001 NMAC - N, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5002          UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL WELL CLASSIFICATIONS:

                A.            Underground injection control wells include the following.

                    (1)     Any dug hole or well that is deeper than its largest surface dimension, where the principal function of the hole is emplacement of fluids.

                    (2)     Any septic tank or cesspool used by generators of hazardous waste, or by owners or operators of hazardous waste management facilities, to dispose of fluids containing hazardous waste.

                    (3)     Any subsurface distribution system, cesspool or other well which is used for the injection of wastes.

                B.            Underground injection control wells are classified as follows:

                    (1)     Class I wells inject fluids beneath the lowermost formation that contains 10,000 milligrams per liter or less TDS.  Class I hazardous or radioactive waste injection wells inject fluids containing any hazardous or radioactive waste as defined in 74-4-3 and 74-4A-4 NMSA 1978, including any combination of these wastes.  Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells inject non-hazardous and non-radioactive fluids, and they inject naturally-occurring radioactive material (NORM) as provided by Section 20.3.1.1407 NMAC.

                    (2)     Class II wells inject fluids associated with oil and gas recovery.

                    (3)     Class III wells inject fluids for extraction of minerals or other natural resources, including sulfur, uranium, metals, salts or potash by in situ extraction.  This classification includes only in situ production from ore bodies that have not been conventionally mined.  Solution mining of conventional mines such as stopes leaching is included in Class V.

                    (4)     Class IV wells inject fluids containing any radioactive or hazardous waste as defined in 74-4-3 and 74-4A-4 NMSA 1978, including any combination of these wastes, above or into a formation that contains 10,000 mg/l or less TDS.

                    (5)     Class V wells inject a variety of fluids and are those wells not included in Class I, II, III or IV.  Types of Class V wells include, but are not limited to, the following:

                              (a)     Domestic liquid waste injection wells

                                        (i)     domestic liquid waste disposal wells used to inject greater than 2,000 gallons per day of treated domestic liquid waste through subsurface fluid distribution systems or vertical wells;

                                        (ii)     septic system wells used to emplace greater than 2,000 gallons per day of domestic liquid waste into the subsurface, which are comprised of a septic tank and subsurface fluid distribution system;

                                        (iii)     large capacity cesspools used to inject greater than 2,000 gallons per day of domestic liquid waste, including drywells that sometimes have an open bottom and/or perforated sides.

                              (b)     Industrial waste injection wells

                                        (i)     air conditioning return flow wells used to return to the supply aquifer the water used for heating or cooling;

                                        (ii)     dry wells used for the injection of wastes into a subsurface formation;

                                        (iii)     geothermal energy injection wells associated with the recovery of geothermal energy for heating, aquaculture and production of electrical power;

                                        (iv)     stormwater drainage wells used to inject storm runoff from the surface into the subsurface;

                                        (v)     motor vehicle waste disposal wells that receive or have received fluids from vehicular repair or maintenance activities;

                                        (vi)     car wash waste disposal wells used to inject fluids from motor vehicle washing activities.

                              (c)     Mining injection wells

                                        (i)     stopes leaching wells used for solution mining of conventional mines;

                                        (ii)     brine injection wells used to inject spent brine into the same formation from which it was withdrawn after extraction of halogens or their salts;

                                        (iii)     backfill wells used to inject a mixture of water and sand, mill tailings or other solids into mined out portions of subsurface mines whether water injected is a radioactive waste or not;

                                        (iv)     injection wells used for in situ recovery of lignite, coal, tar sands, and oil shale.

                              (d)     Ground water management injection wells

                                        (i)     ground water remediation injection wells used to inject contaminated ground water that has been treated to ground water quality standards;

                                        (ii)     in situ ground water remediation wells used to inject a fluid that facilitates vadose zone or ground water remediation.

                                        (iii)     recharge wells used to replenish the water in an aquifer, including use to reclaim or improve the quality of existing ground water;

                                        (iv)     barrier wells used to inject fluids into ground water to prevent the intrusion of saline or contaminated water into ground water of better quality;

                                        (v)     subsidence control wells (not used for purposes of oil or natural gas production) used to inject fluids into a non-oil or gas producing zone to reduce or eliminate subsidence associated with the overdraft of fresh water;

                                        (vi)     wells used in experimental technologies.

                                 (e)     Agricultural injection wells - drainage wells used to inject fluids into ground water to prevent the intrusion of saline or contaminated water into ground water of better quality.

[20.6.2.5002 NMAC - N, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5003          NOTIFICATION AND GENERAL OPERATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL WELLS:  All operators of underground injection control wells, except those wells regulated under the Oil and Gas Act, the Geothermal Resources Conservation Act, and the Surface Mining Act, shall:

                A.            For existing underground injection control wells, submit to the secretary the information enumerated in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.1201 NMAC of this Part; provided, however, that if the information in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.1201 NMAC has been previously submitted to the secretary and acknowledged by him, the information need not be resubmitted; and

                B.            Operate and continue to operate in conformance with Sections 20.6.2.1 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC.

                C.            For new underground injection control wells, submit to the secretary the information enumerated in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.1201 NMAC of this Part at least 120 days prior to well construction.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5300 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5300, 1-15-01; 20.6.2.5003 NMAC - Rn, 20.6.2.5300 NMAC, 12-1-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02]

 

20.6.2.5004          PROHIBITED UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL ACTIVITIES AND WELLS:

                A.            No person shall perform the following underground injection activities nor operate the following underground injection control wells:

                    (1)     The injection of fluids into a motor vehicle waste disposal well is prohibited. Motor vehicle waste disposal wells are prohibited.  Any person operating a new motor vehicle waste disposal well (for which construction began after April 5, 2000) must close the well immediately.  Any person operating an existing motor vehicle waste disposal well must cease injection immediately and must close the well by December 31, 2002, except as provided in this Subsection.

                    (2)     The injection of fluids into a large capacity cesspool is prohibited. Large capacity cesspools are prohibited.  Any person operating a new large capacity cesspool (for which construction began after April 5, 2000) must close the cesspool immediately.  Any person operating an existing large capacity cesspool must cease injection immediately and must close the cesspool by December 31, 2002.

                    (3)     The injection of any hazardous or radioactive waste into a well is prohibited, except as provided in this Subsection.

                              (a)     Class I hazardous or radioactive waste injection wells are prohibited, except naturally-occurring radioactive material (NORM) regulated under Section 20.3.1.1407 NMAC is allowed as a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well pursuant to Subsection B (1) of Section 20.6.2.5002 NMAC;

                              (b)     Class IV wells are prohibited, except for wells re-injecting treated ground water into the same formation from which it was drawn as part of a removal or remedial action if the injection has prior approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the department under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

                    (4)     Barrier wells, drainage wells, recharge wells, return flow wells, and motor vehicle waste disposal wells are prohibited, except when the discharger can demonstrate that the discharge will not adversely affect the health of persons, and

                              (a)     the injection fluid does not contain a contaminant which may cause an exceedance at any place of present or reasonable foreseeable future use of any primary state drinking water maximum contaminant level as specified in the water supply regulations, “Drinking Water” (20 NMAC 7.1) [20.7.10 NMAC], adopted by the Environmental Improvement Board under the Environmental Improvement Act or the standard of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC, whichever is more stringent;

                              (b)     the discharger can demonstrate that the injection will result in an overall or net improvement in water quality as determined by the secretary.

                B.            Closure of prohibited underground injection control wells shall be in accordance with Section 20.6.2.5005 NMAC and Section 20.6.2.5209 NMAC.

[20.6.2.5004 NMAC - N, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5005          PRE-CLOSURE NOTIFICATION AND CLOSURE REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Any person proposing to close a Class I, III, IV or V underground injection control well must submit pre-closure notification to the department at least 30 days prior to closure.  Pre-closure notification must include the following information:

                    (1)     Name of facility

                    (2)     Address of facility

                    (3)     Name of Owner/Operator

                    (4)     Address of Owner/Operator

                    (5)     Contact Person

                    (6)     Phone Number

                    (7)     Type of Well(s)

                    (8)     Number of Well(s)

                    (9)     Well Construction (e.g. drywell, improved sinkhole, septic tank, leachfield, cesspool, other…)

                    (10)     Type of Discharge

                    (11)     Average Flow (gallons per day)

                    (12)     Year of Well Construction

                    (13)     Proposed Well Closure Activities (e.g. sample fluids/sediment, appropriate disposal of remaining fluids/sediments, remove well and any contaminated soil, clean out well, install permanent plug, conversion to other type well, ground water and vadose zone investigation, other)

                    (14)     Proposed Date of Well Closure

                    (15)     Name of Preparer

                    (16)     Date

                B.            Proposed well closure activities must be approved by the department prior to implementation.

[20.6.2.5005 NMAC - N, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5006          DISCHARGE PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS V INJECTION WELLS:  Class V injection wells must meet the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3999 NMAC and Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5006 NMAC.

[20.6.2.5006 NMAC - N, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5007 - 20.6.2.5100:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.5001 - 20.6.2.5100 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.IV.4116-5100, 1-15-01; 20.6.2.5007 -20.6.2.5100 NMAC - Rn 20.6.2.5001 - 20.6.2.5100 NMAC, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5101          DISCHARGE PERMIT AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells and Class III wells must meet the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC in addition to other applicable requirements of the commission regulations.  The secretary may also require that some Class IV and Class V wells comply with the requirements for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells in Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC if the secretary determines that the additional requirements are necessary to prevent the movement of water contaminants from a specified injection zone into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS.  No Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well may be approved which allows for movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC, or pursuant to a temporary designation as provided in Paragraph (2) of Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC.

                B.            Operation of a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well must be pursuant to a discharge permit meeting the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3999 NMAC and Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC.

                C.            Discharge permits for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells, or Class III wells affecting ground water of 10,000 mg/l or less TDS submitted for secretary approval shall:

                    (1)     Receive an aquifer designation if required in Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC prior to discharge permit issuance; or

                    (2)     For Class III wells only, address the methods or techniques to be used to restore ground water so that upon final termination of operations including restoration efforts, ground water at any place of withdrawal for present or reasonably foreseeable future use will not contain either concentrations in excess of the standards of Section 20.6.2.3103 NMAC or any toxic pollutant.  Issuance of a discharge permit or project discharge permit for Class III wells that provides for restoration of ground water in accordance with the requirements of this Subsection shall substitute for the aquifer designation provisions of Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.  The approval shall constitute a temporary aquifer designation for a mineral bearing or producing aquifer, or portion thereof, to allow injection as provided for in the discharge permit.  Such temporary designation shall expire upon final termination of operations including restoration efforts.

                D.            The exemptions from the discharge permit requirement listed in Section 20.6.2.3105 NMAC do not apply to underground injection control wells except as provided below:

                    (1)     Wells regulated by the Oil Conservation Division under the exclusive authority granted under Section 70-2-12 NMSA 1978 or under other Sections of the "Oil and Gas Act";

                    (2)     Wells regulated by the Oil Conservation Division under the "Geothermal Resources Act";

                    (3)     Wells regulated by the New Mexico Coal Surface Mining Bureau under the "Surface Mining Act";

                    (4)     Wells for the disposal of effluent from systems which receive less than 2,000 gallons per day of domestic sewage effluent and are regulated under the "Liquid Waste Disposal Regulations" (20 NMAC 7.3) [20.7.3 NMAC] adopted by the Environmental Improvement Board under the "Environmental Improvement Act".

                E.            Project permits for Class III wells.

                    (1)     The secretary may consider a project discharge permit for Class III wells, if the wells are:

                              (a)     Within the same well field, facility site or similar unit,

                              (b)     Within the same aquifer and ore deposit,

                              (c)     Of similar construction,

                              (d)     Of the same purpose, and

                              (e)     Operated by a single owner or operator.

                    (2)     A project discharge permit does not allow the discharger to commence injection in any individual operational area until the secretary approves an application for injection in that operational area (operational area approval).

                    (3)     A project discharge permit shall:

                              (a)     Specify the approximate locations and number of wells for which operational area approvals are or will be sought with approximate time frames for operation and restoration (if restoration is required) of each area; and

                              (b)     Provide the information required under the following Sections of this Part, except for such additional site-specific information as needed to evaluate applications for individual operational area approvals:  Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.3106, Sections 20.6.2.3107, 20.6.2.5204 through 20.6.2.5209, and Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC.

                    (4)     Applications for individual operational area approval shall include the following:

                              (a)     Site-specific information demonstrating that the requirements of this Part are met, and

                              (b)     Information required under Sections 20.6.2.5202 through 20.6.2.5210 NMAC and not previously provided pursuant to Subparagraph (b) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection E of this Section.

                    (5)     Applications for project discharge permits and for operational area approval shall be processed in accordance with the same procedures provided for discharge permits under Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3114 NMAC, allowing for public notice on the project discharge permit and on each application for operational area approval pursuant to Section 20.6.2.3108 NMAC with opportunity for public hearing prior to approval or disapproval.

                    (6)     The discharger shall comply with additional requirements that may be imposed by the secretary pursuant to this Part on wells in each new operational area.

                F.            If the holder of a discharge permit for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or Class III well submits an application for discharge permit renewal at least 120 days before discharge permit expiration, and the discharger is in compliance with his discharge permit on the date of its expiration, then the existing discharge permit for the same activity shall not expire until the application for renewal has been approved or disapproved.  An application for discharge permit renewal must include and adequately address all of the information necessary for evaluation of a new discharge permit.  Previously submitted materials may be included by reference provided they are current, readily available to the secretary and sufficiently identified to be retrieved.

                G.            Discharge Permit Signatory Requirements:  No discharge permit for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well may be issued unless:

                    (1)     The application for a discharge permit has been signed as follows:

                              (a)     For a corporation:  by a principal executive officer of at least the level of vice-president, or a representative who performs similar policy-making functions for the corporation who has authority to sign for the corporation; or

                              (b)     For a partnership or sole proprietorship:  by a general partner or the proprietor, respectively; or

                              (c)     For a municipality, state, federal, or other public agency:  by either a principal executive officer who has authority to sign for the agency, or a ranking elected official; and

                    (2)     The signature is directly preceded by the following certification: "I certify under penalty of law that I have personally examined and am familiar with the information submitted in this document and all attachments and that, based on my inquiry of those individuals immediately responsible for obtaining the information, I believe that the information is true, accurate, and complete.  I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information including the possibility of fine and imprisonment."

                H.            Transfer of Class I non-hazardous waste injection well and Class III well Discharge Permits.

                    (1)     The transfer provisions of Section 20.6.2.3111 NMAC do not apply to a discharge permit for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well.

                    (2)     A Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well discharge permit may be transferred if:

                              (a)     The secretary receives written notice 30 days prior to the transfer date; and

                              (b)     The secretary does not object prior to the proposed transfer date.  The secretary may require modification of the discharge permit as a condition of transfer, and may require demonstration of adequate financial responsibility.

                    (3)     The written notice required by Subparagraph (b) of Paragraph (2) of Subsection I above shall:

                              (a)     Have been signed by the discharger and the succeeding discharger, including an acknowledgement that the succeeding discharger shall be responsible for compliance with the discharge permit upon taking possession of the facility; and

                              (b)     Set a specific date for transfer of discharge permit responsibility, coverage and liability; and

                              (c)     Include information relating to the succeeding discharger's financial responsibility required by Paragraph (17) of Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC.

                I.             Modification or Termination of a Discharge Permit for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well:  If data submitted pursuant to any monitoring  requirements specified in the discharge permit or other information available to the secretary indicate that this Part are being or may be violated, the secretary may require modification or, if it is determined by the secretary that the modification may not be adequate, may terminate a discharge permit for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection Well, or Class III well or well field, that was approved pursuant to the requirements of this under Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC for the following causes:

                    (1)     Noncompliance by the discharger with any condition of the discharge permit; or

                    (2)     The discharger's failure in the discharge permit application or during the discharge permit review process to disclose fully all relevant facts, or the discharger's misrepresentation of any relevant facts at any time; or

                    (3)     A determination that the permitted activity may cause a hazard to public health or undue risk to property and can only be regulated to acceptable levels by discharge permit modification or termination.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95, 11-15-96; 20.6.2.5101 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5101, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01; A, 9-15-02]

 

20.6.2.5102          PRE-CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Discharge Permit Requirement for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells.

                    (1)     Prior to construction of a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or conversion of an existing well to a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, an approved discharge permit is required that incorporates the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC, except Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC.  As a condition of discharge permit issuance, the operation of the Class I non-hazardous waste injection well under the discharge permit will not be authorized until the secretary has:

                              (a)     Reviewed the information submitted for his consideration pursuant to Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC, and

                              (b)     Determined that the information submitted demonstrates that the operation will be in compliance with this Part and the discharge permit.

                    (2)     If conditions encountered during construction represent a substantial change which could adversely impact ground water quality from those anticipated in the discharge permit, the secretary shall require a discharge permit modification or may terminate the discharge permit pursuant to Subsection I of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC, and the secretary shall publish public notice and allow for comments and hearing in accordance with Section 20.6.2.3108 NMAC.

                B.            Notification Requirement for Class III wells.

                    (1)     The discharger shall notify the secretary in writing prior to the commencement of drilling or construction of wells which are expected to be used for in situ extraction, unless the discharger has previously received a discharge permit or project discharge permit for the Class III well operation.

                              (a)     Any person, proposing to drill or construct a new Class III well or well field, or convert an existing well to a Class III well, shall file plans, specifications and pertinent documents regarding such construction or conversion, with the Ground Water Quality Bureau of the Environment Department.

                              (b)     Plans, specifications, and pertinent documents required by this Section, if pertaining to geothermal installations, carbon dioxide facilities, or facilities for the exploration, production, refinement or pipeline transmission of oil and natural gas, shall be filed instead with the Oil Conservation Division.

                              (c)     Plans, specifications and pertinent documents required to be filed under this Section must be filed 90 days prior to the planned commencement of construction or conversion.

                              (d)     The following plans, specifications and pertinent documents shall be provided with the notification:

                                        (i)     Information required in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.3106 NMAC;

                                        (ii)     A map showing the Class III wells which are to be constructed.  The map must also show, in so far as is known or is reasonably available from the public records, the number, name, and location of all producing wells, injection wells, abandoned wells, dry holes, surface bodies of water, springs, mines (surface and subsurface), quarries, water wells and other pertinent surface features, including residences and roads, that are within the expected area of review (Section 20.6.2.5202 NMAC) of the Class III well or well field perimeter;

                                        (iii)     Maps and cross-sections indicating the general vertical and lateral limits of all ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS within one mile of the site, the position of such ground water within this area relative to the injection formation, and the direction of water movement, where known, in each zone of ground water which may be affected by the proposed injection operation;

                                        (iv)     Maps and cross-sections detailing the geology and geologic structure of the local area, including faults, if known or suspected;

                                        (v)     The proposed formation testing program to obtain an analysis or description, whichever the secretary requires, of the chemical, physical, and radiological characteristics of, and other information on, the receiving formation;

                                        (vi)     The proposed stimulation program;

                                        (vii)     The proposed injection procedure;

                                        (viii)     Schematic or other appropriate drawings of the surface and subsurface construction details of the well;

                                        (ix)     Proposed construction procedures, including a cementing and casing program, logging procedures, deviation checks, and a drilling, testing, and coring program;

                                        (x)     Information, as described in Paragraph (17) of Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC, showing the ability of the discharger to undertake measures necessary to prevent groundwater contamination; and

                                        (xi)     A plugging and abandonment plan showing that the requirements of Subsections B, C and D of Section 20.6.2.5209 NMAC will be met.

                    (2)     Prior to construction, the discharger shall have received written notice from the secretary that the information submitted under item 10 of Subparagraph (d) of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5102 NMAC is acceptable.  Within 30 days of submission of the above information the secretary shall notify the discharger that the information submitted is acceptable or unacceptable.

                     (3)     Prior to construction, the secretary shall review said plans, specifications and pertinent documents and shall comment upon their adequacy of design for the intended purpose and their compliance with pertinent Sections of this Part.  Review of plans, specifications and pertinent documents shall be based on the criteria contained in Section 20.6.2.5205, Subsection E of Section 20.6.2.5209, and Subparagraph (d) of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5102 NMAC.

                     (4)     Within thirty (30) days of receipt, the secretary shall issue public notice, consistent with Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.3108 NMAC, that notification was submitted pursuant to Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5102 NMAC.  The secretary shall allow a period of at least thirty (30) days during which comments may be submitted.  The public notice shall include:

                              (a)     Name and address of the proposed discharger;

                              (b)     Location of the discharge;

                              (c)     Brief description of the proposed activities;

                              (d)     Statement of the public comment period; and

                              (e)     Address and telephone number at which interested persons may obtain further information.

                    (5)     The secretary shall comment in writing upon the plans and specifications within sixty (60) days of their receipt by the secretary.

                    (6)     Within thirty (30) days after completion, the discharger shall submit written notice to the secretary that the construction or conversion was completed in accordance with submitted plans and specifications, or shall submit as-built plans detailing changes from the originally submitted plans and specifications.

                    (7)     In the event a discharge permit application is not submitted or approved, all wells which may cause groundwater contamination shall be plugged and abandoned by the applicant pursuant to the plugging and abandonment plan submitted in the notification; these measures shall be consistent with any comments made by the secretary in his review.  If the wells are not to be permanently abandoned and the discharger demonstrates that plugging at this time is unnecessary to prevent groundwater contamination, plugging pursuant to the notification is not required.  Financial responsibility established pursuant to Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC will remain in effect until the discharger permanently abandons and plugs the wells in accordance with the plugging and abandonment plan.

[9-20-82, 12-24-87, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5102 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5102, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5103          DESIGNATED AQUIFERS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Any person may file a written petition with the secretary seeking commission consideration of certain aquifers or portions of aquifers as "designated aquifers".  The purpose of aquifer designation is:

                    (1)     For Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells, to allow as a result of injection, the addition of water contaminants into ground water, which before initiation of injection has a concentration between 5,000 and 10,000 mg/l TDS; or

                    (2)     For Class III wells, to allow as a result of injection, the addition of water contaminants into ground water, which before initiation of injection has a concentration between 5,000 and 10,000 mg/l TDS, and not provide for restoration or complete restoration of that ground water pursuant to Paragraph (2) of Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC.

                B.            The applicant shall identify (by narrative description, illustrations, maps or other means) and describe such aquifers, in geologic and/or geometric terms (such as vertical and lateral limits and gradient) which are clear and definite.

                C.            An aquifer or portion of an aquifer may be considered for aquifer designation under Subsection A. of this Section, if the applicant demonstrates that the following criteria are met:

                    (1)     It is not currently used as a domestic or agricultural water supply; and

                    (2)     There is no reasonable relationship between the economic and social costs of failure to designate and benefits to be obtained from its use as a domestic or agricultural water supply because:

                              (a)     It is situated at a depth or location which makes recovery of water for drinking or agricultural purposes economically or technologically impractical at present and in the reasonably foreseeable future; or

                              (b)     It is already so contaminated that it would be economically or technologically impractical to render that water fit for human consumption or agricultural use at present and in the reasonably foreseeable future.

                D.            The petition shall state the extent to which injection would add water contaminants to ground water and why the proposed aquifer designation should be approved.  For Class III wells, the applicant shall state whether and to what extent restoration will be carried out.

                E.            The secretary shall either transmit the petition to the commission within sixty (60) days recommending that a public hearing be held, or refuse to transmit the petition and notify the applicant in writing citing reasons for such refusal.

                F.            If the secretary transmits the petition to the commission, the commission shall review the petition and determine to either grant or deny a public hearing on the petition.  If the commission grants a public hearing, it shall issue a public notice, including the following information:

                    (1)     Name and address of the applicant;

                    (2)     Location, depth, TDS, areal extent, general description and common name or other identification of the aquifer for which designation is sought;

                     (3)     Nature of injection and extent to which the injection will add water contaminants to ground water; and

                     (4)     Address and telephone number at which interested persons may obtain further information.

                G.            If the secretary refuses to transmit the petition to the commission, then the applicant may appeal the secretary's disapproval of the proposed aquifer designation to the commission within thirty (30) days, and address the issue of whether the proposed aquifer designation meets the criteria of Subsections A, B, C, and D of this Section.

                H.            If the commission grants a public hearing, the hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of Section 74-6-6, NMSA 1978.

                I.             If the commission does not grant a public hearing on the petition, the aquifer designation shall not be approved.

                J.             After public hearing and consideration of all facts and circumstances included in Section 74-6-4(D), NMSA 1978, the commission may authorize the secretary to approve a proposed designated aquifer if the commission determines that the criteria of Subsection A, B, C, and D of this section are met.

                K.            Approval of a designated aquifer petition does not alleviate the applicant from complying with other Sections of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC, or of the responsibility for protection, pursuant to this part, of other nondesignated aquifers containing ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS.

                L.            Persons other than the petitioner may add water contaminants as a result of injection into an aquifer designated for injection, provided the person receives a discharge permit pursuant to the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC.  Persons, other than the original petitioner or his designee, requesting addition of water contaminants as a result of injection into aquifers previously designated only for injection with partial restoration shall file a petition with the commission pursuant to the requirements of Subsections A, B, C, and D of this Section.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5103 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5103, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5104          WAIVER OF REQUIREMENT BY SECRETARY FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Where a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or a Class III well or well field, does not penetrate, or inject into or above, and which will not affect, ground water having 10,000 mg/l of less TDS, the secretary may:

                    (1)     Issue a discharge permit for a well or well field with less stringent requirements for area of review, construction, mechanical integrity, operation, monitoring, and reporting than required by Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC; or

                    (2)     For Class III wells only, issue a discharge permit pursuant to the requirements of Sections 20.6.2.3000 through 20.6.2.3114  NMAC.

                B.            Authorization of a reduction in requirements under  Subsection A of this Section shall be granted only if injection will not result in an increased risk of movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS, except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5104 NMAC - Rn & A, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5104, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5105 - 20.6.2.5199:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.5105 - 20.6.2.5199 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5105-5199, 1-15-01]

 

20.6.2.5200          TECHNICAL CRITERIA AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.5200 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5200, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5201          PURPOSE:  Sections 20.6.2.5200 through 20.6.2.5210 NMAC provide the technical criteria and performance standards for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells and Class III wells.

[9-20-82; 20.6.2.5201 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5201, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5202          AREA OF REVIEW:

                A.            The area of review is the area surrounding a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well or the area within and surrounding a well field that is to be examined to identify possible fluid conduits, including the location of all known wells and fractures which may penetrate the injection zone.

                B.            The area of review for each Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or each Class III well or well field shall be an area which extends:

                    (1)     Two and one half (2 1/2) miles from the well, or well field; or

                    (2)     One-quarter (1/4) mile from a well or well field where the area of review is calculated to be zero pursuant to Paragraph (3) of Subsection B below, or where the well field production at all times exceeds injection to produce a net withdrawal; or

                    (3)     A suitable distance, not less than one-quarter (1/4) mile, proposed by the discharger and approved by the secretary, based upon a mathematical calculation to determine the area of review.  Computations to determine the area of review may be based upon the parameters listed below and should be calculated for an injection time period equal to the expected life of the Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or Class III well or well field.  The following modified Theis equation illustrates one form which the mathematical model may take to compute the area of review; the discharger must demonstrate that any equation or simulation used to compute the area of review applies to the hydrogeologic conditions in the area of review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where:

 

4BKH (Hw - Hbo)x SpGb

x              =             

                                                                      2.3 Q

 

r               =              Radius of the area of review for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well (length)

 

  K           =              Hydraulic conductivity of the injection zone (length/time)

 

H             =              Thickness of the injection zone (length)

 

t               =              Time of injection (time)

 

S              =              Storage coefficient (dimensionless)

 

Q             =              Injection rate (volume/time)

 

Hbo          =              Observed original hydrostatic head of injection zone (length) measured from the base of the lowest aquifer containing ground water of 10,000 mg/l or less TDS

 

Hw           =              Hydrostatic head of underground source of drinking water (length) measured from the base of the lowest aquifer containing ground water of 10,000 mg/l or less TDS

 

SpGb        =              Specific gravity of fluid in the injection zone (dimensionless)

 

 

B             =              3.142 (dimensionless)

 

 

                    (4)     The above equation is based on the following assumptions:

                              (a)     The injection zone is homogenous and isotropic;

                              (b)     The injection zone has infinite areal extent;

                              (c)     The Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well penetrates the entire thickness of the injection zone;

                              (d)     The well diameter is infinitesimal compared to "r" when injection time is longer than a few minutes; and

                              (e)     The emplacement of fluid into the injection zone creates an instantaneous increase in pressure.

                C.            The secretary shall require submittal by the discharger of information regarding the area of review including the information to be considered by the secretary in Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5202 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5202, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5203          CORRECTIVE ACTION FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Persons applying for approval of a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or a Class III well or well field shall identify the location of all known wells, drill holes, shafts, stopes and other conduits within the area of review which may penetrate the injection zone, in so far as is known or is reasonably available from the public records.  For such wells or other conduits which are improperly sealed, completed, or abandoned, or otherwise provide a pathway for the migration of contaminants, the discharger shall address in the proposed discharge plan such steps or modifications (corrective action) as are necessary to prevent movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

                B.            Prior to operation, or continued operation of a well for which corrective action is required pursuant to Subsections A or D of Section 20.6.2.5203 NMAC, the discharger must demonstrate that:

                    (1)     All required corrective action has been taken; or

                    (2)     Injection pressure is to be limited so that pressure in the injection zone does not cause fluid movement through any well or other conduit within the area of review into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.  This pressure limitation may be removed after all required corrective action has been taken.

                C.            In determining the adequacy of corrective action proposed in the discharge permit application, the following factors will be considered by the secretary:

                    (1)     Chemical nature and volume of the injected fluid;

                    (2)     Chemical nature of native fluids and by-products of injection;

                    (3)     Geology and hydrology;

                    (4)     History of the injection and production operation;

                    (5)    Completion and plugging records;

                    (6)     Abandonment procedures in effect at the time a well, drill hole, or shaft was abandoned; and

                    (7)     Hydraulic connections with waters having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS

                D.            In the event that, after approval for a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well has been granted, additional information is submitted or it is discovered that a well or other conduit within the applicable area of review might allow movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC, the secretary may require action in accordance with Subsection I of Section 20.6.2.5101 and Subsection B Section 20.6.2.5203 NMAC.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5203 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5203, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5204          MECHANICAL INTEGRITY FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            A Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well has mechanical integrity if there is no detectable leak in the casing, tubing or packer which the secretary considers to be significant at maximum operating temperature and pressure; and no detectable conduit for fluid movement out of the injection zone through the well bore or vertical channels adjacent to the well bore which the secretary considers to be significant.

                B.            Prior to well injection and at least once every five years or more frequently as the secretary may require for good cause during the life of the well, the discharger must demonstrate that a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well has mechanical integrity.  The demonstration shall be made through use of the following tests:

                    (1)     For evaluation of leaks,

                              (a)     Monitoring of annulus pressure (after an initial pressure test with liquid or gas before operation commences), or

                              (b)     Pressure test with liquid or gas;

                    (2)     For determination of conduits for fluid movement,

                              (a)     The results of a temperature or noise log, or

                              (b)     Where the nature of the casing used for Class III wells precludes use of these logs, cementing records and an appropriate monitoring program as the secretary may require which will demonstrate the presence of adequate cement to prevent such movement;

                    (3)     Other appropriate tests as the secretary may require.

                C.            The secretary may consider the use by the discharger of equivalent alternative test methods to determine mechanical integrity.  The discharger shall submit information on the proposed test and all technical data supporting its use.  The secretary may approve the request if it will reliably demonstrate the mechanical integrity of wells for which its use is proposed.  For Class III wells this demonstration may be made by submission of adequate monitoring data after the initial mechanical integrity tests.

                D.            In conducting and evaluating the tests enumerated in this Section or others to be allowed by the secretary, the discharger and the secretary shall apply methods and standards generally accepted in the affected industry.  When the discharger reports the results of mechanical integrity tests to the secretary, he shall include a description of the test(s), the method(s) used, and the test results.  In making an evaluation, the secretary's review shall include monitoring and other test data submitted since the previous evaluation.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5204 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5204, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5205          CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            General Construction Requirements Applicable to Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells and Class III wells.

                    (1)     Construction of all Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells and all new Class III wells shall include casing and cementing. Prior to well injection, the discharger shall demonstrate that the construction and operation of:

                              (a)     Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells will not cause or allow movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC;

                              (b)     Class III wells will not cause or allow movement of fluids out of the injection zone into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

                    (2)     The construction of each newly drilled well shall be designed for the proposed life expectancy of the well.

                    (3)     In determining if the discharger has met the construction requirements of this Section and has demonstrated adequate construction, the secretary shall consider the following factors:

                              (a)     Depth to the injection zone;

                              (b)     Injection pressure, external pressure, annular pressure, axial loading, and other stresses that may cause well failure;

                              (c)     Hole size;

                              (d)     Size and grade of all casing strings, including wall thickness, diameter, nominal weight, length, joint specification, and construction material;

                              (e)     Type and grade of cement;

                              (f)     Rate, temperature, and volume of injected fluid;

                              (g)     Chemical and physical characteristics of the injected fluid, including corrosiveness, density, and temperature;

                              (h)     Chemical and physical characteristics of the formation fluids including pressure and temperature;

                              (i)     Chemical and physical characteristics of the receiving formation and confining zones including lithology and stratigraphy, and fracture pressure; and

                              (j)    Depth, thickness and chemical characteristics of penetrated formations which may contain ground water.

                    (4)     To demonstrate adequate construction, appropriate logs and other tests shall be conducted during the drilling and construction of new Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells or Class III wells or during work-over of existing wells in preparation for reactivation or for change to injection use.  A descriptive report interpreting the results of such logs and tests shall be prepared by a knowledgeable log analyst and submitted to the secretary for review prior to well injection.  The logs and tests appropriate to each type of injection well shall be based on the intended function, depth, construction and other characteristics of the well, availability of similar data in the area of the drilling site and the need for additional information that may arise from time to time as the construction of the well progresses.

                              (a)     The discharger shall demonstrate through use of sufficiently frequent deviation checks, or another equivalent method, that a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well drilled using a pilot hole then enlarged by reaming or another method, does not allow a vertical avenue for fluid migration in the form of diverging holes created during drilling.

                              (b)     The secretary may require use by the discharger of the following logs to assist in characterizing the formations penetrated and to demonstrate the integrity of the confining zones and the lack of vertical avenues for fluid migration:

                                        (i)     For casing intended to protect ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS:  Resistivity, spontaneous potential, and caliper logs before the casing is installed; and a cement bond, or temperature log after the casing is set and cemented.

                                        (ii)     For intermediate and long strings of casing intended to facilitate injection:  Resistivity, spontaneous potential, porosity, and gamma ray logs before the casing is installed; and fracture finder or spectral logs; and a cement bond or temperature log after the casing is set and cemented.

                    (5)     In addition to the requirements of Section 20.6.2.5102 NMAC, the discharger shall provide notice prior to commencement of drilling, cementing and casing, well logging, mechanical integrity tests, and any well work-over to allow opportunity for on-site inspection by the secretary or his representative.

                B.            Additional Construction Requirements for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells.

                    (1)     All Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells shall be sited in such a manner that they inject into a formation which is beneath the lowermost formation containing, within one quarter mile of the well bore, ground water having 10,000 mg/l TDS or less except as approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

                    (2)     All Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells shall be cased and cemented by circulating cement to the surface.

                    (3)     All Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells, except those municipal wells injecting noncorrosive wastes, shall inject fluids through tubing with a packer set in the annulus immediately above the injection zone, or tubing with an approved fluid seal as an alternative.  The tubing, packer, and fluid seal shall be designed for the expected length of service.

                              (a)     The use of other alternatives to a packer may be allowed with the written approval of the secretary.  To obtain approval, the operator shall submit a written request to the secretary which shall set forth the proposed alternative and all technical data supporting its use.  The secretary may approve the request if the alternative method will reliably provide a comparable level of protection to ground water.  The secretary may approve an alternative method solely for an individual well or for general use.

                              (b)     In determining the adequacy of the specifications proposed by the discharger for tubing and packer, or a packer alternative, the secretary shall consider the following factors:

                                        (i)     Depth of setting;

                                        (ii)     Characteristics of injection fluid (chemical nature or characteristics, corrosiveness, and density);

                                        (iii)     Injection pressure;

                                        (iv)     Annular pressure;

                                        (v)     Rate, temperature and volume of injected fluid; and

                                        (vi)     Size of casing.

                C.            Additional Construction Requirements for Class III wells.

                    (1)     Where injection is into a formation containing ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS, monitoring wells shall be completed into the injection zone and into the first formation above the injection zone containing ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS which could be affected by the extraction operation.  If ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS below the injection zone could be affected by the extraction operation, monitoring of such ground water may be required.  These wells shall be of sufficient number, located and constructed so as to detect any excursion of injection fluids, process byproducts, or formation fluids outside the extraction area or injection zone.  The requirement for monitoring wells in aquifers designated pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC may be waived by the secretary, provided that the absence of monitoring wells does not result in an increased risk of movement of fluids into protected ground waters having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS.

                    (2)     Where injection is into a formation which does not contain ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS, no monitoring wells are necessary in the injection zone.  However, monitoring wells may be necessary in adjoining zones with ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS that could be affected by the extraction operation.

                   (3)     In an area that the secretary determines is subject to subsidence or collapse, the required monitoring wells may be required to be located outside the physical influence of that area.

                   (4)     In determining the adequacy of monitoring well location, number, construction and frequency of monitoring proposed by the discharger, the secretary shall consider the following factors:

                              (a)     The local geology and hydrology;

                              (b)     The operating pressures and whether a negative pressure gradient to the monitor well is being maintained;

                              (c)     The nature and volume of injected fluid, formation water, and process by-products; and

                              (d)     The number and spacing of Class III wells in the well field.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5205 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5205, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5206          OPERATING REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            General Operating Requirements Applicable to Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells and Class III wells.

                    (1)     The maximum injection pressure at the wellhead shall not initiate new fractures or propagate existing fractures in the confining zone, or cause the movement of injection or formation fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

                    (2)     Injection between the outermost casing and the well bore is prohibited in a zone other than the authorized injection zone.

                B.            Additional Operating Requirements for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells.

                    (1)     Except during well stimulation, the maximum injection pressure shall not initiate new fractures or propagate existing fractures in the injection zone.

                    (2)     Unless an alternative to a packer has been approved under Subparagraph (c) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5205 NMAC, the annulus between the tubing and the long string of casing shall be filled with a fluid approved by the secretary and a pressure, also approved by the secretary shall be maintained on the annulus.

                C.            Additional Operating Requirements for Class III wells:  Initiation of new fractures or propagation of existing fractures in the injection zone will not be approved by the secretary as part of a discharge permit unless it is done during well stimulation and the discharger demonstrates:

                    (1)     That such fracturing will not cause movement of fluids out of the injection zone into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC, and

                    (2)     That the provisions of Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.3109 and Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC for protection of ground water are met.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5206 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5206, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5207          MONITORING REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            The discharger shall demonstrate mechanical integrity for each Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well at least once every five years during the life of the well pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5204 NMAC.

                B.            Additional Monitoring Requirements for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells.

                    (1)     The discharger shall provide analysis of the injected fluids at least quarterly or, if necessary, more frequently to yield data representative of their characteristics.

                    (2)     Continuous monitoring devices shall be used to provide a record of injection pressure, flow rate, flow volume, and pressure on the annulus between the tubing and the long string of casing.

                    (3)     The discharger shall provide wells within the area of review as required by the discharge permit to be used by the discharger to monitor pressure in, and possible fluid movement into, ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for such ground waters designated pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.  This Section does not require monitoring wells for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells unless monitoring wells are necessary due to possible flow paths within the area of review.

                C.            Additional Monitoring Requirements for Class III wells.

                    (1)     The discharger shall provide an analysis or description, whichever the secretary requires, of the injected fluids at least quarterly or, if necessary, more frequently to yield representative data.

                    (2)     The discharger shall perform:

                              (a)     Appropriate monitoring of injected and produced fluid volumes by whichever of the following methods the secretary requires:

                                        (i)     Recording injection pressure and either flow rate or volume every two weeks; or

                                        (ii)     Metering and daily recording of fluid volumes;

                              (b)     Monitoring every two weeks, or more frequently as the secretary determines, of the monitor wells, required in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5205 NMAC for:

                                        (i)     Water chemistry parameters used to detect any migration from the injection zone;

                                        (ii)     Fluid levels adjacent to the injection zone; and

                              (c)     Other necessary monitoring as the secretary for good cause may require to detect movement of fluids from the injection zone into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC.

                    (3)     With the approval of the secretary, all Class III wells may be monitored on a well field basis by manifold monitoring rather than on an individual well basis.  Manifold monitoring to determine the quality, pressure, and flow rate of the injected fluid may be approved in cases of facilities consisting of more than one Class III well, operating with a common manifold, provided that the discharger demonstrates that manifold monitoring is comparable to individual well monitoring.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5207 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5207, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5208          REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            Reporting Requirements for Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells.

                    (1)     If a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well is found to be discharging or is suspected of discharging fluids into a zone or zones other than the permitted or authorized injection zone, the discharger shall within 24 hours notify the secretary of the circumstances and action taken. The discharger shall provide subsequent written reports as required by the secretary.

                    (2)     The discharger shall provide reports quarterly to the secretary on:

                              (a)     The physical, chemical and other relevant characteristics of injection fluids;

                              (b)     Monthly average, maximum and minimum values for injection pressure, flow rate and volume, and annular pressure; and

                              (c)     The results of monitoring prescribed under Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5207 NMAC.

                    (3)     The discharger shall report, no later than the first quarterly report after completion, the results of:

                              (a)     Periodic tests of mechanical integrity as required in Sections 20.6.2.5204 and 20.6.2.5207 NMAC;

                              (b)     Any other test of the Class I non-hazardous waste injection well conducted by the discharger if required by the secretary;

                              (c)     Any well work-over; and

                              (d)     Any changes within the area of review which might impact subsurface conditions.

                B.            Reporting Requirements for Class III wells.

                    (1)     The discharger shall notify the secretary within 48 hours of the detection or suspected detection of a leachate excursion, and provide subsequent reports as required by the secretary.

                    (2)     The discharger shall provide to the secretary:

                              (a)     Reports on required monitoring quarterly, or more frequently as required by the secretary; and

                              (b)     Results of mechanical integrity testing as required in Sections 20.6.2.5204 and 20.6.2.5207 NMAC and any other periodic tests required by the secretary.  These results are to be reported no later than the first regular report after the completion of the test.

                    (3)     Where manifold monitoring is permitted, monitoring results may be reported on a well field basis, rather than individual well basis.

                C.            Report Signatory Requirements.

                    (1)     All reports submitted pursuant to this Section shall be signed and certified as provided in Subsection G of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC, or by a duly authorized representative.

                    (2)     For a person to be a duly authorized representative, authorization must:

                              (a)     Be made in writing by a signatory described in Paragraph (1) of Subsection G of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC;

                              (b)     Specify either an individual or a position having responsibility for the overall operation of that regulated facility or activity, such as the position of plant manager, operator of a well or well field, superintendent, or position of equivalent responsibility; and

                              (c)     Have been submitted to the secretary.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5208 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5208, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5209          PLUGGING AND ABANDONMENT FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            The discharger shall submit as part of the discharge permit application, a plan for plugging and abandonment of a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or a Class III well that meets the requirements of Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.3109 and Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.5101 NMAC and  20.6.2.5005 NMAC for protection of ground water.  If requested, a revised or updated abandonment plan shall be submitted for approval prior to closure.  The obligation to implement the plugging and abandonment plan as well as the requirements of the plan survives the termination or expiration of the permit.

                B.            Prior to abandonment of a well used in a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well operation, the well shall be plugged in a manner which will not allow the movement of fluids through the well bore out of the injection zone or between other zones of ground water.  Cement plugs shall be used unless a comparable method has been approved by the secretary for the plugging of Class III wells at that site.

                C.            Prior to placement of the plugs, the well to be abandoned shall be in a state of static equilibrium with the mud weight equalized top to bottom, either by circulating the mud in the well at least once or by a comparable method approved by the secretary.

                D.            Placement of the plugs shall be accomplished by one of the following:

                    (1)     The Balance Method; or

                    (2)     The Dump Bailer Method; or

                    (3)     The Two-Plug Method; or

                    (4)     An equivalent method with the approval of the secretary.

                E.            The following shall be considered by the secretary in determining the adequacy of a plugging and abandonment plan.

                    (1)     The type and number of plugs to be used;

                    (2)     The placement of each plug, including the elevation of the top and bottom;

                    (3)     The type, grade and quantity of cementing slurry to be used;

                    (4)     The method of placement of the plugs;

                    (5)     The procedure to be used to plug and abandon the well; and

                    (6)     Such other factors that may affect the adequacy of the plan.

                F.            The discharger shall retain all records concerning the nature and composition of injected fluids until five years after completion of any plugging and abandonment procedures.

[9-20-82, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5209 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5209, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5210          INFORMATION TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE SECRETARY FOR CLASS I NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE INJECTION WELLS AND CLASS III WELLS:

                A.            This Section sets forth the information to be considered by the secretary in authorizing construction and use of a Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well or well field.  Certain maps, cross-sections, tabulations of all wells within the area of review, and other data may be included in the discharge permit application submittal by reference provided they are current, readily available to the secretary and sufficiently identified to be retrieved.

                B.            Prior to the issuance of a discharge permit or project discharge permit allowing construction of a new Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, operation of an existing Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or operation of a new or existing Class III well or well field, or conversion of any well to injection use, the secretary shall consider the following:

                    (1)     Information required in Subsection C of Section 20.6.2.3106 NMAC;

                    (2)     A map showing the Class I non-hazardous waste injection well, or Class III well or well fields, for which approval is sought and the applicable area of review.  Within the area of review, the map must show, in so far as is known or is reasonably available from the public records, the number, name, and location of all producing wells, injection wells, abandoned wells, dry holes, surface bodies of water, springs, mines (surface and subsurface), quarries, water wells and other pertinent surface features, including residences and roads;

                    (3)     A tabulation of data on all wells within the area of review which may penetrate into the proposed injection zone.  Such data shall include, as available, a description of each well's type, the distance and direction to the injection well or well field, construction, date drilled, location, depth, record of plugging and/or completion, and any additional information the secretary may require;

                    (4)     For wells within the area of review which penetrate the injection zone, but are not properly completed or plugged, the corrective action proposed to be taken under Section 20.6.2.5203 NMAC;

                    (5)     Maps and cross-sections indicating the general vertical and lateral limits of all ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS within the area of review, the position of such ground water within the area of review relative to the injection formation, and the direction of water movement, where known, in each zone of ground water which may be affected by the proposed injection operation;

                    (6)     Maps and cross-sections detailing the geology and geologic structure of the local area, including faults, if known or suspected;

                    (7)     Generalized maps and cross-sections illustrating the regional geologic setting;

                    (8)     Proposed operating data, including:

                              (a)     Average and maximum daily flow rate and volume of the fluid to be injected;

                              (b)     Average and maximum injection pressure;

                              (c)     Source of injection fluids and an analysis or description, whichever the secretary requires, of their chemical, physical, radiological and biological characteristics;

                    (9)     Results of the formation testing program to obtain an analysis or description, whichever the secretary requires, of the chemical, physical, and radiological characteristics of, and other information on, the receiving formation, provided that the secretary may issue a conditional approval of a discharge permit if he finds that further formation testing is necessary for final approval;

                   (10)     Expected pressure changes, native fluid displacement, and direction of movement of the injected fluid;

                    (11)     Proposed stimulation program;

                    (12)     Proposed or actual injection procedure;

                    (13)     Schematic or other appropriate drawings of the surface and subsurface construction details of the well;

                    (14)     Construction procedures, including a cementing and casing program, logging procedures, deviation checks, and a drilling, testing, and coring program;

                    (15)     Contingency plans to cope with all shut-ins or well failures so as to prevent movement of fluids into ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS except for fluid movement approved pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5103 NMAC;

                    (16)     Plans, including maps, for meeting the monitoring requirements of Section 20.6.2.5207 NMAC; and

                    (17)     The ability of the discharger to undertake measures necessary to prevent contamination of ground water having 10,000 mg/l or less TDS after the cessation of operation, including the proper closing, plugging and abandonment of a well, ground water restoration if applicable, and any post-operational monitoring as may be needed.  Methods by which the discharger shall demonstrate the ability to undertake these measures shall include submission of a surety bond or other adequate assurances, such as financial statements or other materials acceptable to the secretary, such as:  (1)  a surety bond; (2)  a trust fund with a New  Mexico bank in the name of the State of New Mexico, with the State as Beneficiary; (3)  a non-renewable letter of credit made out to the State of New Mexico; (4)  liability insurance specifically covering the contingencies listed in this paragraph; or (5)  a performance bond, generally in conjunction with another type of financial assurance.  Such bond or materials shall be approved and executed prior to discharge permit issuance and shall become effective upon commencement of construction.  If an adequate bond is posted by the discharger to a federal or another state agency, and this bond covers all of the measures referred to above, the secretary shall consider this bond as satisfying the bonding requirements of Sections 20.6.2.5000 through 20.6.2.5299 NMAC wholly or in part, depending upon the extent to which such bond is adequate to ensure that the discharger will fully perform the measures required hereinabove.

                C.            Prior to the secretary's approval that allows the operation of a new or existing Class I non-hazardous waste injection well or Class III well or well field, the secretary shall consider the following:

                    (1)     Update of pertinent information required under Subsection B of Section 20.6.2.5210 NMAC;

                    (2)     All available logging and testing program data on the well;

                    (3)     The demonstration of mechanical integrity pursuant to Section 20.6.2.5204 NMAC;

                    (4)     The anticipated maximum pressure and flow rate at which the permittee will operate;

                    (5)     The results of the formation testing program;

                    (6)     The physical, chemical, and biological interactions between the injected fluids and fluids in the injection zone, and minerals in both the injection zone and the confining zone; and

                    (7)     The status of corrective action on defective wells in the area of review.

[9-20-82, 12-24-87, 12-1-95; 20.6.2.5210 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5210, 1-15-01; A, 12-1-01]

 

20.6.2.5211 - 20.6.2.5299:  [RESERVED]

[12-1-95; 20.6.2.5211 - 20.6.2.5299 NMAC - Rn, 20 NMAC 6.2.V.5211-5299, 1-15-01]

 

HISTORY of 20.6.2 NMAC:

Pre-NMAC History:

Material in this Part was derived from that previously filed with the commission of public records - state records center and archives:

WQC 67-2, Regulations Governing Water Pollution Control in New Mexico, filed 12-5-67, effective 1-4-68

WQC 72-1, Water Quality Control Commission Regulations, filed 8-4-72, effective 9-3-72

WQC 77-1, Amended Water Quality Control Commission Regulations, filed 1-18-77, effective 2-18-77

WQC 81-2, Water Quality Control Commission Regulations, filed 6-2-81, effective 7-2-81

WQC 82-1, Water Quality Control Commission Regulations, filed 8-19-82, effective 9-20-82

 

History of Repealed Material:  [Reserved]

 

Other History:

20 NMAC 6.2, Water Quality - Ground and Surface Water Protection, filed 10-27-95, effective 12-1-95

20 NMAC 6.2, Water Quality - Ground and Surface Water Protection, filed 10-15-96, effective 11-15-96

20 NMAC 6.2, Water Quality - Ground and Surface Water Protection, filed 11-30-00, effective 1-15-01

20 NMAC 6.2, Water Quality - Ground and Surface Water Protection, filed 9-16-01, effective 12-1-01

20 NMAC 6.2, Water Quality - Ground and Surface Water Protection, filed 8-1-02, effective 9-15-02