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Roca Honda USFS Plan of Operations/ NEPA Process [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Mt. Taylor

Issues:

Participate in United State’s Forest Service’s (USFS) proceeding concerning consideration of Strathmore’s Plan of Operations for Roca Honda mine.



Latest News:

06/13/2013 - NMELC files comments with the U. S. Forest Service on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine. Read press release.

06/12/2013 - The US Environmental Protection Agency files comments on Roca Honda uranium mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Case Initiation Date:
July 2009

Clients/Partners:
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE)

Attorneys:
Eric Jantz

Case Status:
On-going

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Santolina Proposed Development [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Albuquerque, NM

Issues:
Santolina Timeline

Santolina Fact Sheet

The Law Center represents community groups in their effort to prevent approval for a 90,000+ person planned development proposed for the west side of Albuquerque. The Santolina development, which must be approved by the Bernalillo County Commission, would require nearly 20 million gallons of water per day, at least 20 schools, and two interchanges on I-40. Experts assert that the development will draw natural and financial resources away from other neighborhoods in Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, and will cause taxes to be raised for everyone in the region.



Latest News:

08/16/2017 - Hearing scheduled for August 30th. board of County Commissioners will consider the Level B.1 Master Plan and our appeal of the CPC’s decision recommending that the BCC approve the incomplete Level B.1 Master Plan.

08/15/2017 - Board of County Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of letting the development proceed without a water agreement in place. The Board denied our appeal of the County Planning Commission’s June 7th decision recommending that the Board approve the Santolina developers’ request to allow them to proceed without a water agreement in place.

06/24/2017 - NMELC files Appeal to County Commission.

06/06/2017 - NMELC files Request to Planning Committee to Defer June 7th Santolina Level B Hearing.

06/06/2017 - NMELC files Motion for Clarification and Memorandum in Support of Motion for Clarification.

05/30/2017 - NMELC files Response in Opposition to Santolina Developer’s Application to change approval conditions and Request recommendation of amendments to the Board’s approval of Level A Master Plan.

03/08/2017 - NMELC files Response in Opposition to Santolina Developer’s Motion to Revise Conditions and files Response in Opposition to and Motion to Dismiss Developers Appeal.

01/25/2017 - NMELC files amended appeal of recommendation to approve Santolina Level B.1 plan

11/22/2016 - District Court Judge Franchini issues order denying motion to dismiss appeal.

05/04/2016 - NMELC files Brief Addressing the Filing of their First Amended Notice of Appeal

03/17/2016 - NMELC files Reply to Bernalillo County Response to Statement of Appellate Issues.

12/21/2015 - NMELC files Statement of Appellate Issues.

06/26/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s approval of zone change.

06/08/2015 - NMELC files Comments on Draft Development Agreement and on Findings and Conditions of Proposed Development.

05/27/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s denial of clients appeal.

05/11/2015 - The County Commission denied our clients’ appeal of the Master Plan by a vote of 3 to 2. The hearing is scheduled to resume on May 28, 2015.

05/07/2015 - NMELC files Motion to Postpone hearing scheduled for May 11, 2015.

03/25/2015 - Public hearing in Albuquerque on master plan.

03/24/2015 - NMELC files Motion for Recusal and Disqualification

12/29/2014 - Law Center files amended appeals of the Planning Commission’s recommendation that the County Commission approve the proposed master plan and of the Planning Commission’s approval of the zone map change.

Case Initiation Date:
December 2014

Clients/Partners:
SouthWest Organizing Project, New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, Pajarito Village Association

Attorneys:
Douglas Meiklejohn, Jaimie Park

Case Status:
On-going

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Sunport Proposed Highway Expansion [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
South Valley of Albuquerque

Issues:

NMELC is representing SWOP and two individuals in opposition to the the proposed highway expansion. Clients live in the San Jose community and would receive the greatest potential adverse impacts of the project. The project will run from the Sunport exit off I-25 west to the Bosque and Rio Grande.



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9/21/2015 - NMELC filed comments on the revised Environmental Assessment [“EA”].

Case Initiation Date:
September 2015

Clients/Partners:
SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) and individuals

Attorneys:
Jon Block

Case Status:
On-going

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Surface and Groundwater Quality Protection Regulation Amendments [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Statewide

Issues:

Comment on problems inherent in NMED’s proposed amendments to State Surface Water and Ground Water Quality Protection regulations, including reduction in opportunities for public participation. All the filings on this matter can be found here on the New Mexico Environment Department website.



Latest News:

09/11/2017 - Amigos Bravos and GRIP Notice of Intent to present technical testimony and Pre-Filed written testimony by Kathy J. Martin, PE.

09/11/2017 - NMED’s notice of intent to present technical testimony on their experts’ written direct testimony. [very large file]

08/08/2017 - Filed Errata and Corrected Proposed Changes

08/07/2017 - NMED’s Corrected Amended Petition

Case Initiation Date:
July 2016

Clients/Partners:
Amigos Bravos, Gila Resources Information Project

Attorneys:
Jaimie Park

Case Status:
On-going

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Taos municipal airport expansion [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Taos

Issues:

The Law Center represents Taos Pueblo in efforts to prevent or limit expansion of the Taos municipal airport, which would impair religious practices by Pueblo members, threaten the iconic architecture of the Pueblo, and increase development pressure on their living culture - the basis for its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2003, the FAA conducted a noise analysis that offered the conclusion that a Cessna overflight is no louder than a thunderclap.  Our clients assert that comparing a twin-engine aircraft to an act of nature illustrates the administration’s lack of cultural sensitivity.

We are in continuing negotiations with the FAA to prevent the expansion of the airport, or to mitigate its impacts on the Pueblo.



Latest News:

2/29/2012 - The last of the eight parties sign the Memorandum of Agreement.

12/30/2011 - Taos Pueblo, the Town of Taos, the FAA, and other parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement (Read press release). The Memorandum of Agreement will put in place measures to discourage pilots from flying over Taos Pueblo lands, to monitor flights that do occur over Pueblo lands, and to address crashes on Pueblo lands.  It also calls for Taos Pueblo and the Town of Taos to work together on federal legislation that would mandate the adoption of regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration to protect Taos Pueblo from overflights.

Aug 2009 - Negotiations with the FAA are continuing.

Case Initiation Date:
June 1994

Clients/Partners:
Taos Pueblo

Attorneys:
Douglas Meiklejohn

Case Status:
On-going

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Title VI Complaint over air quality in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Albuquerque and Bernalillo County

Issues:

For years, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have regularly put low-income communities and minority communities in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County at higher risk to air pollution than wealthier, whiter neighborhoods. In 2014, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asserting violations by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Joint Air Quality Control Board under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for its pattern of permitting air polluting facilities in vulnerable communities. Read press release



Latest News:

07/25/2016 - EPA accepts Title VI Complaint

09/15/2014- NMELC files complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 before the US Environmental Protection Agency

Case Initiation Date:
September 2014

Clients/Partners:


Attorneys:
Eric Jantz

Case Status:
On-going

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