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

New Energy Economy Seeks to Intervene in PNM Appeals of NM’s Landmark Carbon Pollution Rules

“‘We are asking the Court to allow us to intervene in the appeals because the EIB is now aligned with PNM and the other opponents of greenhouse gas regulation,’ said New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney, Bruce Frederick. ‘As a result, the Board may not effectively defend the Rule or protect our interests, or the public’s interests.’” Democracy for New Mexico

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04/20/2011 • Back to top

PNM Seeks to Overturn State’s Landmark Carbon Pollution Rules

Proponents Seek to Intervene

SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed motions today on behalf of New Energy Economy to intervene in two pending appeals filed by PNM against the Environmental Improvement Board’s (EIB) adoption of the state’s carbon reduction rules.  PNM is appealing both the New Mexico Environment Department’s cap and trade rule, and New Energy Economy’s greenhouse gas cap rule – both adopted last year.

Governor Martinez is on record as adamantly opposing greenhouse gas regulation and, citing the adoption of these regulations, the Governor fired all of the former EIB members on her first day of office. The new, Martinez-appointed, EIB met behind closed doors with its attorney and has decided to actively oppose New Energy Economy’s intervention in the pending appeals.

Get filed motions to intervene in the appeal against the NMED’s Cap and Trade rule and NEE’s Greenhouse Gas Cap rule in PDF format.

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04/20/2011 • Back to top

NM Small Business Task Force Makes Recommendations on Dozens of Rules, Regulations

“Like Frederick, others are concerned that the task force recommendations were developed by lobbyists and others who represented big business, rather than the ‘mom and pop’ operations that the governor intended to help…. Frederick said he’s concerned the governor is hearing only from specific economic interests and that policies developed as a result could have negative impacts for the state as a whole.” The Republic

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04/15/2011 • Back to top

Task Force Takes Aim at Public Health Regulations

“Why should any of us care about this? Quite simply, because these and many more of the regulations that the task force is targeting for radical change touch every single one of us in some way. Want clean water to drink? Want clean air to breathe? If you’re a state Environment Department employee, want to do your job without worrying about being the subject of a secret complaint? That’s one reason. But there’s more.” NMPolitics.net

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04/14/2011 • Back to top

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