[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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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
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.
12/05/2016 • Back to top
NMELC and our clients beat a third attempt by developer Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH) to get our case thrown out of state District Court.
Executive Director Doug Meiklejohn and Staff Attorney Jaimie Park are heading up the case. In the order dismissing WALH’s motion, Judge Nancy Franchini wrote, “The Motion was not a constructive use of the Courts and the parties’ resources.”
12/01/2016 • Back to top
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which represents GRIP in the case, is waiting as patiently as it can on the ruling as well and hasn’t heard a peep.
“The Supreme Court will announce its opinion when it announces its opinion,” said Law Center Executive Director Doug Meiklejohn. “We don’t get any advance warning and there isn’t any deadline by which they must issue their opinion.” Silver City Daily Press
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11/17/2016 • Back to top
On November 17th, the Con Alma Health Foundation will recognize Douglas Meiklejohn, Executive Director and Founder of the Law Center, as one of its two “Heroes of Health” in 2016.
Doug is humbled by the award, noting that, “This award is special because it recognizes that the health and wellbeing of all New Mexicans depend on equal access to clean air, water and land.”
Under his direction, NMELC has advocated for communities and the environment on hundreds of issues, demonstrating through its many successes that communities can band together to fight polluters and greatly reduce the health threats they pose.
11/16/2016 • Back to top