An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

EPA in New Mexico

Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in New Mexico

Report an environmental violation

Report a Violation

Report possible violations of environmental laws and regulations.

On this page

Enforcement in New Mexico

Our vision in New Mexico is to make environmental compliance commonplace to achieve clean air, water, and land. Our mission is to protect and sustain human health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal environmental laws in partnership with the states and tribes.

Air, hazardous waste and water enforcement programs and issues in the State are the responsibility of New Mexico Environment Department. Exit

Top of Page

Air Enforcement in New Mexico

Objectives and Goals for New Mexico

The Air Enforcement Branch serves as the principal point of contact among all stakeholders on New Mexico air pollution enforcement issues. Members of our staff:

Top of Page

Water Enforcement in New Mexico

Drinking Water Enforcement in New Mexico

The Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement program performs technical, scientific and administrative review and evaluation necessary for the enforcement of the Public Water Supply and Underground Injection Control programs under this Act for the State of New Mexico. The adequacy and validity of economic, technical and scientific data and findings are assured while developing and issuing administrative orders, administrative penalty orders, and in initiating and developing enforcement litigation referrals. These enforcement actions are handled in coordination with the New Mexico Environment Department.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

Storm Water Management Program

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit requires, permittees to develop and implement a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program that must include pollution prevention measures, treatment or removal techniques, monitoring, use of legal authority, and other appropriate measures to control the quality of storm water discharged to the storm drains and thence to waters of the United States. If you are a permitted Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System that has recently received a letter from EPA to participate in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Self-Assessment, you should download all the Modules, that apply to the programs you have implemented.

Drinking Water Provider Compliance Information

Looking for compliance information about your drinking water system? These useful web pages can help you learn how your drinking water provider is meeting federal and state requirements. Enter your providers name and search for results.

Top of Page

Waste Enforcement in New Mexico

Waste Enforcement in New Mexico

New Mexico is authorized to administer the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste program under EPA oversight. The Waste Enforcement Branch, with the State, is responsible for enforcing these regulations. The Branch conducts inspections, reviews and data analysis to assess compliance. The Branch takes enforcement actions and assess the nature and extent of contamination and clean up.

Enforcement of Lead-Based Paint Requirements in New Mexico

The Waste Enforcement Branch is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act for lead-based paint. The Branch conducts inspections and takes enforcement actions to address violations and require compliance with Toxic Substances Control Act requirements.

Top of Page

Underground Storage Tanks Program in New Mexico

The Pesticides, Toxics and Underground Storage Tank Branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency works with the New Mexico Environment Department and provides oversight for the New Mexico Underground Storage Tank Program and Leaking UST Program. New Mexico Environment Department takes enforcement actions for violations of state regulations, which are required to be at least as stringent as EPA’s regulations. EPA implements the Underground Storage Tank Program program in Indian country and is responsible for conducting Underground Storage Tank Program inspections and enforcement actions.

Top of Page

Pesticide Enforcement in New Mexico

The Waste Enforcement Branch works with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to enforce the provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.  The EPA is responsible for enforcement of provisions regulating the registration, labelling, production, and importation of pesticides and pesticidal devices.  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has primary responsibility for enforcement of provisions regulating the proper use and handling of pesticides.

Top of Page