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KSFR Interviews NMELC on Threats to Roll Back State Environmental Rules

There’s concern among environmentalists in New Mexico that the incoming Martinez administration will roll back some of the rules and controls placed on such businesses as the drilling industry. One of these is the so-called Pit Rule.  The state’s current rule requires oil drillers to use more efficient liners in open pits where waste from drilling is dumped. And in some cases, the waste has to be hauled away.  The issue is going to court in a few days to hear industry’s appeal of the rule.  Managers in the current administration are preparing for that hearing and so is the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.  We asked lawyer Bruce Frederick of the law center to bring us up to date on the issue.

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Learn more about the New Mexico Oil and Gas Pit Regulation appeal case.

12/02/2010 • Back to top


High Court Declines Uranium Review

It is also the first time “that the NRC has issued a license for mining in a high-quality drinking water aquifer, despite the fact that no ISL mines have ever been reclaimed to pre-mining condition,” Eric Jantz, center attorney, said. Indian Country Today

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

11/30/2010 • Back to top


Closing Arguments Filed in N.M. Emissions Case

“Our plan is a state-only program, it’s less complicated, it’s not contingent on third parties, and it won’t be subject to as many challenges as the state program,” [Bruce] Frederick said. Albuquerque Journal

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Learn more about the New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Emissions Caps case.

11/26/2010 • Back to top


NMELC Files Closing Arguments in Support of Greenhouse Gas Cap Regulation

Yesterday, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed closing arguments for client, New Energy Economy, in support of statewide greenhouse gas cap regulation. If adopted, the regulation would apply only to facilities that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year and would “dovetail” with the State’s cap and trade rule adopted earlier this month.

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Learn more about the New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Emissions Caps case.

11/23/2010 • Back to top


High Court Declines To Review Uranium Mining Case

“Our clients are still committed to resisting any new uranium mining in their communities,” Jantz said. “There’s at least one more state proceeding that the mining company has to go through and our clients will be involved with that. We’re considering other legal options as well.” Law360.com

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

11/22/2010 • Back to top


New Mexico Uranium Mine Can Move Ahead

“An attorney for the opponents, Eric Jantz of the Santa Fe-based New Mexico Environmental Law Center, said they were disappointed but it wasn’t the end of the road…NRC regulations require restoration of groundwater quality after mining ends, but Jantz said in-situ leach operations elsewhere in the nation have not done that. ‘This technique has never restored ground water to pre-mining quality,’ he said.” KRQE.com

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

11/17/2010 • Back to top


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