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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
505-231-1776,
.(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
Administrator
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


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