June 9, 2016

State: LANL violations warrant civil penalties -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The state has issued a notice of violation to Los Alamos National Laboratory that it has violated its hazardous waste permit and should expect to face civil penalties for failing to properly handle a number of hazardous waste drums or correct issues.

The 12 violations were discovered as a result of a June 13, 2015, inspection by the New Mexico Environment Department that found open waste containers, including three holding ethyl acetate and acetonitrile, odorless and translucent chemicals. Other violations included failure to label containers as hazardous waste, failure to note the type of contaminant within certain drums and failure to properly package waste drums containing free liquids. The report also notes improperly set up waste receptacles for newly generated waste that were often too far from the waste-generating location. -- 6/9/2016



NM has highest rate of pedestrian deaths in countryLas Cruces Sun News

Federal data shows New Mexico has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S.

According to a report issued in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Mexico had 74 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, or a rate of 3.55 per 100,000 residents. The average U.S. rate was 1.53 per 100,000 that same year, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

The next highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in 2014 was 2.96 per 100,000 in Florida.

Data shows that alcohol contributed to the high rate, with 57 percent of the fatal pedestrian crashes involving alcohol in New Mexico. -- 6/9/2016


State confirms 3rd case of Zika virus in New MexicoLas Cruces Sun News

State health officials say there’s a third confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in New Mexico. They say a 41-year-old Chaves County man acquired the virus while traveling to Central America. The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division recently began Zika testing and confirmed the case. One of the mosquito species that can transmit the Zika virus has been found in Chaves County in the summer and fall. -- 6/9/2016