NMELC beats 3rd attempt to throw out Santolina Appeal

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.”

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12/01/2016 • Back to top

Long wait in Copper Rule court case not unusual

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

Douglas Meiklejohn Honored with Public Health Award

Douglas Meiklejohn
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.

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11/16/2016 • Back to top

20 Years: The Crownpoint Case Origin Story

Reflections from Chris Shuey of the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC).

SRIC was aware that Uranium Resources, Inc. had filed an application for a “radioactive source materials license” with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and a groundwater discharge plan with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) as far back as 1987 because two executives brought applications to SRIC, thinking we would be impressed with their proposal.

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11/15/2016 • Back to top

Reader View: Martinez’s record: On the environment, it’s bad

Recently, it was quietly announced that Ryan Flynn, who quit his position as state environment secretary in August, would be heading the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Flynn — then a tax lawyer — as New Mexico Environment Department general counsel in 2011 and elevated him to secretary in 2013…Gov. Susana Martinez has said that she is proud of her environmental record with Flynn at the helm, but their approach has been only to protect polluters and sue the EPA. Santa Fe New Mexican

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11/05/2016 • Back to top

NMELC and MASE comment on flaws in NMED’s proposed water reg changes

On October 17, NMELC and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) submitted comments highly critical of proposed changes to New Mexico Groundwater and Surface Water Quality regulations.

“The proposed changes would potentially allow increased contamination of ground water throughout the state, possibly in perpetuity, and would eliminate the Water Quality Act’s (“WQA” or “Act”) public notice and participation requirements in the permitting process,”

penned Staff Attorney Jaimie Park in response to the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED’s) second round of draft regulations. Check out all of NMED’s attempts to weaken public participation and relax standards (including barium, chromium, xylenes and vinyl chloride) in our comments: 161017_NMELC_MASE_2nd_comments_NMED_water_reg_amendments.pdf

The comment period on these proposed changes ends today (October 17) at 5pm. We anticipate that NMED will petition the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to consider these amendments in 2017. We will keep you posted.

10/17/2016 • Back to top

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