Head Of New Mexico Resource Protection Office Responsible For Oversight Of Los Alamos Hazardous Waste Resigns

Head of NM resource protection office resigns (AP, Jul 20, 2011):

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The head of the resource protection division at the New Mexico Environment Department has resigned, but the agency isn’t offering any details.

Department spokesman Jim Winchester confirmed Jim Davis’ resignation was effective Tuesday morning.

Winchester also confirmed that the department restructured some operations Monday and that included removing the state’s hazardous waste bureau from Davis’ division.

The bureau is responsible for oversight and technical guidance related to the generation of hazardous waste as well as its storage and disposal.

This includes work at Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories and the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

Winchester says the decision was made at the discretion of the department’s secretary and deputy secretary. He didn’t provide any details.

Davis, reached Tuesday by The Associated Press, declined to comment.

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