Bernalillo County delays decision on Santolina

Douglas Meiklejohn, an attorney for SWOP and others opposed to the master plan, argued otherwise, in part, because the county doesn’t make up a majority of the water board. “The developer is essentially asking you to make a commitment that the county will be bound by an agreement that’s negotiated not by the county, but by the city of Albuquerque,” Meiklejohn said. “That’s inappropriate. You shouldn’t agree to that.” Albuquerque Journal

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05/12/2015 • Back to top

Group Challenges Copper Mine Pollution Law

As the law stands, companies can allow toxic drainage to seep into the groundwater beneath their copper mines, as long as the pollution stays within a designated perimeter. But New Mexico Environmental Law Center director Douglas Meiklejohn says that’s a violation of the state’s Water Quality Act. “There’s a great deal of groundwater that’s being polluted pursuant to this rule,” he said. “And when you consider that groundwater is the source of drinking water for 9 out of 10 people in this state, it just doesn’t make any sense.” KUNM

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05/11/2015 • Back to top

Water Protection Groups Challenge Copper Rule

“If the Copper Rule stands, what’s to keep other operations like industrial dairies, uranium mines and Los Alamos National Laboratory from getting the same thing?”  Douglas Meiklejohn, NMELC Executive Director

SANTA FE, N.M.— Today, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Court of Appeals’ Opinion upholding the validity of the Copper Rule, which regulates discharges from copper mines. The petition asks the Supreme Court to take up a number of questions including: Does the Copper Rules violate the New Mexico Water Quality Act by permitting water pollution rather than preventing or abating it?

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05/09/2015 • Back to top

Mount Taylor Mine Public Hearing

This was the company’s third request, which included a May 1 public hearing about the amended Second Renewal and the Updated Closeout Plan. The company defended its current compliance with environmental regulations and its economic viability analysis of the international demand for uranium ore. The mine’s owners have continued to postpone cleanup by repeatedly requesting amended Standby Status designation, according to numerous community members. Cibola Beacon

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05/05/2015 • Back to top

Billions of dirty ore dollars

Dormant radioactive uranium mine key to Blue brothers’ future fortune

Along with lots of military contracts, the deal came with plenty of land and uranium rights, including the sprawling Torrey Pines campus given to General Dynamics, the original owner of company, by San Diego taxpayers back in the 1950s. But the new owners also inherited the firm’s so-called zombie uranium operations, representing on paper at least, a substantial cleanup liability. For years, though, the Blues have kept regulators at bay and don’t appear likely to concede much soon. San Diego Reader

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05/05/2015 • Back to top

Environmentalists oppose renewed standby permit for uranium mine

ALBUQUERQUE — Rio Grande Resources’ underground mine in Western New Mexico contains one of the largest stashes of uranium ore in the U.S., but it’s idle and hasn’t produced anything in years. It’s one of many “zombie mines” around the West that environmentalists say need to be closed and cleaned up rather than left on standby as companies wait for uranium prices and demand to rebound so operations can resume. Santa Fe New Mexican

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05/04/2015 • Back to top

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