On January 20, NMELC Staff Attorney Jon Block, representing Nuclear Watch put the U.S. Department of Energy and LANL on notice. We are preparing to sue the Lab for its failure to comply with mandated cleanup schedule, and for its failure to allow for public comment and hearings on changes to the Consent Order cleanup deadlines. Read Notice
Failure to clean up LANL’s radioactive and hazardous waste has real-life ramifications for New Mexicans. During major stormwater events, the City of Santa Fe has to close its water diversion on the Rio Grande because of plutonium contamination in Los Alamos Canyon. These and other problems will grow as more pollution migrates towards the river.
02/04/2016 • Back to top
The notice mailed Wednesday notes the lab missed a December final deadline for completion of Los Alamos clean-up work and hasn’t asked for an extension of the now-expired schedule that was set a decade ago. That makes DOE and Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS), the lab’s private manager, liable for civil penalties and subject to injunction, says the notice by attorney Jonathan Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Albuquerque Journal
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Read Filed Notice of Intent.
01/21/2016 • Back to top
No mining in aquifer under Diné communities without valid discharge permit
We’re thrilled to kick off 2016 with some great news: the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) just reversed course and terminated a groundwater discharge permit granted in October to Uranium Resources, Inc.
Without this permit, the company cannot mine. It’s a decision we’ve been pushing for a long time…
01/11/2016 • Back to top
Earth Matters co-producer and Gila Resources Information Project Executive Director Allyson Siwik talks about critical New Mexico water resource issues with Doug Meiklejohn, attorney, Executive Director and founder of the NM Environmental Law Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free and low-cost legal services on environmental matters throughout New Mexico. GMCR.org
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12/07/2015 • Back to top
Nearly two and a half decades after the Mt. Taylor Mine, an underground uranium mine near Grants, switched from active to standby status, the company that owns the mine has filed paperwork to return it to active status.
Something had to change; Rio Grande Resources Corp. has run through the standby permits state law allows before idle mines must be cleaned up. But environmentalists are calling foul on the proposal as well as the latest efforts by the mining company to limit public comment at a hearing on Friday, Dec. 4. Santa Fe Reporter
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12/04/2015 • Back to top
Mt. Taylor Mine Hearing Set for Friday, December 4th
On December 4, the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing to seek input about whether Rio Grande Resources’ (RGR) Mt. Taylor Uranium Mine can move from standby to active status. The Mt. Taylor Mine near the village of San Mateo has been inactive and polluting the surrounding environment for the last 25 years.
On Thursday, December 3, RGR attorneys sent a pre-hearing statement to various parties to the hearing including NM Mining and Minerals Division, NM Attorney General’s Office, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and Amigos Bravos, attempting to limit public comment on RGR’s request to restart the Mt Taylor Mine.
12/03/2015 • Back to top