The New Mexico Toxic Pollutants Working Group (NMTPWG) is a group of constituent communities, the guiding coalition of which is comprised of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Amigos Bravos, and the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP).
The purpose of the NMTPWG’s purpose is to identify potential toxic pollutants to add to the state groundwater standards and then petition the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to adopt those new standards for inclusion in the New Mexico Advisory Code (NMAC) for water quality regulations and standards (20.6.2 NMAC).
The Working Group is a forum for sharing concerns about emerging pollutants and discussing whether the list of toxic pollutants found at 18.104.22.168(T) NMAC, and the definitions under 22.214.171.12403.A NMAC, are adequate to protect water quality and public health, and if not, what parameters are missing or what other changes are needed.
The NMTPWG will consider the impacts of toxic pollutants to sensitive and targeted populations and communities, including pregnant women, children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, low income communities, and
communities of color.