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House Joint Memorial 6 “Create Uranium Mining Task Force” doesn’t look at the whole picture

HJM 6, sponsored by Patricia A. Lundstrom, calls for the creation of a task force to look evaluate uranium mining.

But the memorial doesn’t require an evaluation of the whole impact of uranium mining; such as environmental justice issues, or the full economic costs of uranium mining.

The Memorial will be heard next in the Senate Rules Committee. Please call your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on HJM6!»»

02/20/2009 • Back to top


House Bill 219, which strengthens rights of surface owners, Passes

House Bill 219 was given a DO PASS by unanimous vote in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is now going to the House Judiciary Committee.

02/18/2009 • Back to top


Pro Uranium Bill HB84 Voted Down

After three days of active debate in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Committee voted on the pro uranium bill HB84 sponsored by Patricia A. Lundstrom. The vote came to a tie.

Committee Chair, Representative Roger Madalena broke the tie and voted against HB84 causing it to fail.

We would like to thank Rep. Madalena on his courageous vote that supported the wishes of the communities impacted by the uranium industry.

02/10/2009 • Back to top


“Watchdogs Sound the Alarm on the ‘Nuclear Stimulus’”

“Eric Jantz, staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, says a provision that could guarantee up to $50 billion in loans for construction of new nuclear power plants has worked its way into the Senate version of the federal economic recovery package. He worries that could lead to a resurgence of the uranium mining and milling industry that has had such a checkered history in New Mexico.”
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02/05/2009 • Back to top


Law Center Talks to KSFR on Current and Upcoming Legislative Issues

Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn and Staff Attorney Eric Jantz are interviewed by the Santa Fe Radio Cafe covering legislative topics with which the Law Center will be involved. Listen to the Interview

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01/26/2009 • Back to top


NM Grant County Groundwater Supplies Protected Today

The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and Law Center today hailed state regulators for placing valuable New Mexican groundwater supplies ahead of Freeport-McMoRan mining company’s profits at its Tyrone copper mine in Grant County.

The company argued that groundwater supplies under the Tyrone mine site are not required to be protected under the Water Quality Act. The Water Quality Control Commission unequivocally rejected that land ownership and control of the land surface are relevant to determining whether groundwater will be used in the future.

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01/13/2009 • Back to top


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