Commission turns down stay for mining rule

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) Wednesday voted 10-0 to reject a request to delay implementing the state’s revised Copper Mine Rule…“We’re not surprised by the WQCC’s decision,” Bruce Frederick, NMELC staff lawyer said in a statement. “We anticipated that this Commission would deny our Motion, but the law requires us to go to the WQCC before we can ask the Court of Appeals to stay the Copper Rule pending appeal.” Albuquerque Business First

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01/09/2014 • Back to top

Environmental groups challenge construction code changes

This appeal says the state Construction Industry Commission violated several laws when it made changes that weakened energy efficient building rules put into place during the Bill Richardson administration. Among these are not adequately explaining the reasons for the changes and not allowing public involvement in the changes. New Mexico Telegram

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01/02/2014 • Back to top

Brief filed to challenge construction code

In its appeal, the NMELC argues that the commission did not adequately explain the reasons for its decision, and did not base its decision on the record that was created in 2011. The NMELC also argues that the commission didn’t comply with requirements that provide opportunities for members of the public to be involved in the process by which the commission adopts building codes. Albuquerque Business First

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01/02/2014 • Back to top

NMELC Continues Fight for Energy Efficient Building Codes

SANTA FE, N.M.— On December 27th, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed its Brief in Chief in an appeal arguing that the New Mexico Construction Industry Commission violated several laws when it made a second decision to roll back the Energy Efficient Building Codes adopted in 2010.  The NMELC represents the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Environment New Mexico, Sundancer Creations Custom Builder, LLC, and several individuals in their effort to mandate energy efficiency in new buildings in New Mexico.

The Commission’s first decision that removed the Energy Efficiency Codes was reversed by the State Court of Appeals in April of this year in an appeal filed by the NMELC and its clients.  The Commission made its most recent decision against energy efficiency in July of this year.  The codes affected are the New Mexico Electrical Code, the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, the New Mexico Mechanical Code, and the New Mexico Plumbing Code.

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12/31/2013 • Back to top

KVSF talks to Bruce Frederick about the Copper Rule

Listen below to Staff Attorney, Bruce Frederick discussing the shenanigans around the NM Copper Rule and the Toxic Turkey Award. Recorded live on December 19th from KVSF 101.5.

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12/26/2013 • Back to top

Navajo Nation opposes uranium mine on sacred site in New Mexico

“The single biggest problem environmentally is the water situation,” said Eric Jantz, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. “In order to start mining, the company is going to have to de-water the mine, which means they’re going to have to pump out millions of gallons of groundwater from the mine area.”

Pumping out groundwater could result in drawdowns of local springs and surface water, and Jantz contends that the in-situ mining process also has the potential to introduce heavy metal waste into ground and surface water.Al Jazeera America

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12/24/2013 • Back to top

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