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Questions remain as company seeks to re-open long-defunct copper mine

Now, New Mexico Copper Corporation, a subsidiary of THEMAC Resources Group, is trying to reopen a copper mine that ran for just a few months in the early 1980s. And some residents say they don’t want that to happen…NMELC attorney Jaimie Park said the draft study didn’t include adequate baseline data for wildlife and endangered species or the area’s groundwater resources. NM Political Report

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01/24/2017 • Back to top


Honstein Air Permit Case Through Our Client’s Eyes

NMELC clients Esther and Steven Abeyta share how you can help fight for clean air for all:

Hello my friend,

I hope this message finds you well. The reason I am writing you today is to invite you to attend on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (see notice) the Honstein Oil Air Permit hearing finally after four years on the appeal we filed.

A briefing on Honstein Oil. Honstein is a bulk petroleum facility in the community of San Jose located at 101 Anderson SE, right across the street from families’ residential homes. The reason it has taken four years for Steven, Juan, myself, Eric Jantz and Jon Block Attorneys with New Mexico Environmental Law Center to have a hearing in front of the Air Quality Control Board, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department (EHD) has tried diligently to have the Air Quality Control Board not hear our appeal…

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01/11/2017 • Back to top


The Permit that Broke the Camel’s Lungs

When will the air pollution in Albuquerque’s low-income neighborhoods of color be too much?

This Wednesday, a hearing will convene to determine the fate of a permit for the Honstein bulk fuel facility. The facility, which operated its 6,000 gallon fuel tank for decades without a permit, is located in the San Jose neighborhood of the South Valley of Albuquerque. San Jose has a history of environmental injustice: a majority of residents are Latino/a, and more than 4 in 10 children live at or below the poverty line.

And though the neighborhood is only home to 1% of the County’s population, it is home to 29% of the county’s air pollution permits. The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department (EHD) approved the permit for the Honstein tank in 2013; we won the opportunity to have a hearing in 2015 to appeal the permit. But this case is about far more than just one permit….

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01/09/2017 • Back to top


Copper rule case awaits resolution

[T]he New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and groups represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, say the new rule violates the state’s Water Quality Act by allowing pollution from the mines to exceed pollution standards. During oral arguments before the Supreme Court, they said that the new rule exempts all open pit copper mines from strict regulations, rather than evaluating each mine on a case-by-case basis, as the state had done in the past. The NM Political Report

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01/05/2017 • Back to top


Ex-N.M. official given second ‘Toxic Turkey’ award

Lawyer Ryan Flynn got his first “Toxic Turkey” award in 2013 while head of the New Mexico Environment Department. He got his second award Sunday, four months after leaving government to become president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center bestowed the “Toxic Turkey” at its annual donor dinner. The award comes in the form of a skinned cartoon turkey on a platter. Santa Fe New Mexican

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12/06/2016 • Back to top


NMELC Honors Two for Protecting Water, Names One Toxic Turkey

Former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn becomes the first person to be twice awarded the Toxic Turkey

SANTA FE, N.M. — Two New Mexicans were honored by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center on Sunday for their extraordinary contributions to protecting New Mexico’s water; a third was named the first two-time recipient of the Toxic Turkey.

Beginning in 1992, NMELC has recognized people who make incredible contributions to protect New Mexico communities from becoming pollution dumping grounds.

The annual Toxic Turkey is given to draw attention to the actions of a person, agency or company whose actions have endangered New Mexico’s environment.  This is the second win for former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn.

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12/05/2016 • Back to top


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