Navajo Celebrates HRI Ruling

Gallup Independent - “Eric Jantz of New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which represented Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, or ENDAUM, said the decision is important ‘not only for our client, but for Indian tribes as a whole.’”

“I think that the court’s decision was pretty common sensical. If that corner section of land isn’t Indian Country, I can’t imagine what would be,” Jantz said. “You’re looking at a place that’s within a community within boundaries of a chapter that’s 97 percent Navajo. It’s very clear that the subsistence economy and the culture in the area is Navajo. To say there is anything other than a Navajo community is absurd.”

04/28/2009 • Back to top

NMELC is on Facebook!

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center now has a Fan Page on Facebook. Become a fan!

04/25/2009 • Back to top

New Mexico Environmental Law Center Launches New Website

SANTA FE, NM – In order to offer the public better access to information about the environmental health of their communities, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) is excited to announce the launch of their new website just in time for Earth Day. The new website will offer regular updates on cases, issues and events, as well as easier navigation and a cleaner interface.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

EPA’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions could spur new innovations

KUNM Speaks to Bruce Frederick, Law Center Staff Attorney, and Jim Norton, Director of New Mexico’s Environmental Protection Division regarding EPA’s proposal last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

Court Rules Mine on Indian Country land

Gallup Independent: “WINDOW ROCK — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has upheld a 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior decision that Hydro Resources Inc.’s Churchrock Section 8 mine site is located in ‘Indian Country.’”

“This is a huge victory, and if upheld on further appeal, will set precedent for regulating non-Indian activities on non-Indian lands inside dependent Indian communities,” Chris Shuey of SRIC said.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

Update on Efforts to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On April 6, the State Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) decided it had statutory authority to hear the Petition to cap greenhouse gas emissions that we filed for New Energy Economy. This alleged legal obstacle was raised by numerous companies and industry groups that benefit greatly from the current absence of any regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Our Petition asks the EIB to adopt regulations designed to abate and prevent the air pollution caused by greenhouse gases (the NM Air Quality Control Act expressly authorizes the EIB to adopt regulations to abate and prevent air pollution).

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04/17/2009 • Back to top

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