“‘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
04/20/2011 • Back to top
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.
04/20/2011 • Back to top
“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
04/15/2011 • Back to top
“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
Get the Small-Business Friendly Task Force Report in PDF format.
04/14/2011 • Back to top
Fresh attacks on environmental regulations threaten New Mexico’s future
“As a result of the law center’s representation of the Concerned Citizens of Sunland Park, the incinerator was closed in 1991—and the state’s Solid Waste Act and other regulations now mandate how far incinerators must be located from homes, schools and workplaces. The state also adopted a set of regulations that govern air emissions from incinerators.” Santa Fe Reporter
04/06/2011 • Back to top
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