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Help Stop Pro-Nuke Budget Amendments Now!

They’re at it again! And we have to act again—now!

The U.S. Senate is currently debating President Obama’s FY 2010 budget on the Senate floor. One amendment we’ve seen would allow money to be shifted around in the budget if the nuclear industry can get $50 billion in new loan guarantees later. Another would allow money to be shifted around if pro-nuclear boosters are successful in getting more R&D money for Generation IV reactors. NukeFree.org

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03/31/2009 • Back to top


New Mexico’s Land and Water Face Challenge from the Oil and Gas Industry

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - Three organizations announced today their opposition to a state plan to weaken a hard-fought water and land protection rule. On February 18, Governor Richardson announced he was directing the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to work with industry to develop amendments that would save them the cost of compliance to the recently amended Pit Rule.

A Joint Release from New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air and Water, New Mexico Environmental Law Center and EARTHWORKS’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project

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03/31/2009 • Back to top


HRI’s Churchrock Uranium Project Put on Hold

As reported in the Gallup Independent today, the proposed in-situ leach uranium mining project near Churchrock is on hold. (Learn more about the Law Center’s representation of Churchrock and Crown Point communities)

According to Rick Van Horn, chief operating officer of Uranium Resources Inc. (URI), parent company of Hydro Resources Inc. (HRI), received notification earlier this month that Itochu, partner in the Churchrock project, has pulled out of the joint venture.

“Uranium prices are depressed, we’re still awaiting the court decision, and right now the project is on hold until we get that decision,” says Van Horn. Read Full Article

03/27/2009 • Back to top


Groups Push Today in SF for Tighter Mining Regs to Protect NM Water

Public News Service speaks to Law Center’s Eric Jantz about today’s hearing in Santa Fe.

“Making sure that sour economic times now and in the future don’t leave a bad taste in New Mexico’s water. That’s what local environmental groups are doing as they review and comment on proposed new regulations for mining exploration in the state. The state Mining Commission holds a public hearing today on proposed changes intended to strengthen rules to protect groundwater from mining contamination.” Read Full Article

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03/23/2009 • Back to top


Enviro Groups Push for Better Regs to Protect Groundwater from Exploratory Mining Wells

New Mexico Environmental Law Center, representing its clients Amigos Bravos and Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), will present testimony on March 23rd to support strengthening New Mexico’s mining exploration permitting regulations in order to protect groundwater from contamination caused by mining exploration wells.

The hearing is open to the public.

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03/18/2009 • Back to top


HB 755, Clean Up Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs), Tabled

House Bill 755, “Uranium Mining Liability,” sponsored by Representative Benjamin Rodefer,  was tabled in the Business and Industry Committee meeting yesterday.

03/18/2009 • Back to top


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