A Legacy of Uranium, a Prayer for Healing

“‘From their perspective, why should they be victimized from another wave of uranium mining?’ asked Eric Jantz, an attorney who worked on one of the cases. He adds that cases like Begay’s underscore that new mining seems foolish, given how long it has taken to recognize and address the damage Navajo have suffered because of the past uranium boom.” Salt Lake Tribune

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NMELC: 2010 in Review

Here’s a 2 minute video covering some of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s accomplishments this year.

12/30/2010 • Back to top

Their View: Why Care About Sunland Park?

“In November, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed a motion with Secretary Curry to reopen the case based on El Paso’s new policy, which would eliminate 90 percent of the trash now sent to Sunland Park.” Las Cruces-Sun News

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12/29/2010 • Back to top

Kindle Grantee Feature: New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Shelbie Knox shares an in depth look at the issues of uranium mining in New Mexico, its devastating effects on Navajo communities living near the mines, and the work of NMELC to protect regional land and waters in a post on the Kindle Project blog.

The American uranium industry was born in the Four Corners region of the Southwest in the 1940s, and quickly grew fat off of America’s drive to lead the Atomic Age.  Before the mining boom ended, uranium from the Four Corners provided the federal government with the fissile energy for its nuclear arsenal; powered American cities; made mining executives fabulously wealthy; and gave the people in uranium mining communities cancer and birth defects. Continue reading.

12/29/2010 • Back to top

New Mexico’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

The final version of the statewide greenhouse gas cap regulation, adopted by the Environmental Improvement Board earlier this month, was filed with the state register today. The NMELC worked with its client, New Energy Economy for over two years to see this rule passed. Get the filed regulation in PDF format.

Learn more about the New Mexico greenhouse gas emission cap case.

12/27/2010 • Back to top

Press Statement of Gila Resources Information Project re: Tyrone Settlement Agreement

December 23, 2010

The Gila Resources Information Project is disappointed by the Tyrone Settlement for a few reasons.

First, the Environment Department has now cut off a legal process that we believe would have strengthened groundwater protection throughout New Mexico.

Second, the settlement is unfair, since it binds the Environment Department to respect its terms, but allows Freeport to back out whenever any future decision isn’t consistent with the company’s expectations as defined in the settlement.

Finally, the settlement is too vague about too many important details. Those specifics, such as alternative abatement standards that must be met to protect groundwater quality at the mine site and the areas in and around the mine site that must be reclaimed, will be decided at future proceedings. In order to not compromise our watchdog role, GRIP did not sign on to the settlement. This preserves our right to fully participate in future proceedings in order to ensure that groundwater quality in Grant County is protected.

Allyson Siwik
Executive Director
Gila Resources Information Project


Learn more about the Grant County Tyrone mine closure plan case.

12/27/2010 • Back to top

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