NMELC’s Reply to Augustin Plain Ranch’s Response re Motion to Dismiss

Today, Staff Attorney Bruce Frederick sent another legal shot over the bow of Augustin Plains Ranch. In February, Frederick submitted a Motion to Dismiss the Ranch’s application to appropriate more than 17 billion gallons (54,000 acre-feet) of groundwater annually near Datil, NM. His filing today is in response to the Ranch’s response to that Motion.

“The Ranch’s speculative application flies in the face of 150 years of Western water law,” says Frederick. “Its response to our Motion to Dismiss does absolutely nothing to change that.”

Learn more about the Augustin Plains Ranch water rights application case.

05/13/2011 • Back to top

Navajo’s Take Fight to Protect Their Water to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Press Conference Monday, May 16, 8:30 National Press Club, Washington, DC

SANTA FE, N.M.— Today, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) and its client, Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM), filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking to halt a uranium mining operation in the Navajo villages of Church Rock and Crownpoint, N.M.  They will conduct a press conference Monday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC regarding the filing.

After 16 years of legal fighting, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has exhausted all avenues offered by the U.S. legal system to overturn the mining license granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to Hydro Resources Inc. (HRI).  HRI still has regulatory hurdles to overcome, and NMELC’s client will oppose them at every turn, but should HRI be allowed to mine, the drinking water for approximately 15,000 people will be contaminated.

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05/13/2011 • Back to top

Navajo Group to Take Uranium Mine Challenge to Human Rights Commission

“The groups contend the mines, first permitted by NRC in 1999, could contaminate drinking water for 15,000 Navajo residents in and around the two communities, which lie just outside the Navajo Nation. In 2005, the Navajo’s tribal government passed a law prohibiting uranium mining within its borders.” New York Times

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Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.

05/12/2011 • Back to top

Press Conference Held By Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining and the NMELC

A press conference will be held following the filing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asking them to intervene with the United States to stop uranium mining within the Navajo Nation.
Get PDF of Press Invite.

WHAT: Press Conference Held By Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center
WHERE: The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Monday, May 16, 8:30 a.m.
RSVP: Onsite and remote attendance is by RSVP only. To confirm your attendance or to access this session remotely, please contact:
Jennifer B. Marshall,
The Marshall Plan
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The press conference is key in the aftermath of the Japan reactor accident and crisis. Items addressed at the conference include:

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05/10/2011 • Back to top

NMELC Comments on EPA’s Plan to Integrate Environmental Justice into the Agency’s Programs

April 29, 2011

The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Plan EJ 2014

Dear Administrator Jackson:

I write for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center to comment on the nine draft implementation plans for draft Plan EJ 2014 released in March of 2011.  We applaud your effort to promote environmental justice through the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the draft Plans. 

We believe that the draft Plans are appropriate as a start for the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to include environmental justice considerations in its work and in the work of other agencies of the federal government.  We view as particularly important the draft Plans’ emphasis on participation by residents of low-income communities and communities of color (collectively environmental justice communities).

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05/02/2011 • Back to top

Utilities Protest Carbon Caps

“Frederick, of the Environmental Law Center, says he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to wait for federal regulation. ‘Climate change is the biggest issue of our time,’ he says. ‘Climate change is real. ... We need to do something about it.’” Alibi

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04/28/2011 • Back to top

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