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BREAKING: US Supreme Court Denies Navajo Communities’ Petition Re Uranium Mining

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of decision to allow in situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the Church Rock and Crownpoint communities. Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.

11/15/2010 • Back to top


Conference Will Determine Dates for Drilling Protest

“At an informational meeting on the issue held last year in Magdalena, Bruce Frederick, a staff attorney for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, said subsequent steps in the process would include discovery, disclosures, reports and motions.” El Defensor Chieftain

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

11/06/2010 • Back to top


Comments on the New Mexico Cap and Trade Vote

“The NMELC supports the decision by the EIB. Climate Change is the most important environmental issue of our time and we wholly support New Mexico’s move to address it. We have been advocating for a statewide cap (not a cap and trade) on carbon emissions. Our plan and the state’s plan should be regarded as phase 1 and phase 2 of the same plan, with our much simpler program going into effect almost immediately but then sunsetting when the State’s program gets up and running. The NMELC hopes that both proposals will be adopted.” Capitol Report New Mexico

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11/03/2010 • Back to top


NMELC Comments on EPA’s Plan to Integrate EJ Principles Into Their Programs

Dear Administrator Jackson:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Plan EJ 2014 (the Plan). We commend your effort to further environmental justice in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’ s) work and we appreciate your solicitation of input from groups working on environmental justice issues before putting the proposed Plan into effect.

INTRODUCTION
By way of introduction, I am the Executive Director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (the Law Center), a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free and low cost legal services for protection of the environment in our state. The majority of the work of the Law Center is representing communities here that are either being impacted by or are threatened by existing or proposed facilities such as airports, chemical plants, landfills, and roads, and by existing or proposed operations such as extraction of ground water, mining, and oil and gas production. Almost all of the communities with which the Law Center works are communities whose residents are predominantly low-income and communities whose residents are people of color. In most cases, the communities that are our clients are both low-income communities and communities of color.

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10/29/2010 • Back to top


Cycling Event Benefits Climate Group

“The CCLI Climate Courage Award went to John Fogarty of the New Energy Economy and Bruce Frederick of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center for their work on a petition to establish a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions.” The Santa Fe New Mexican

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10/22/2010 • Back to top


Carbon Cap Hearings Wind Down

“‘The goal here is not to adversely affect New Mexico’s economy,’ stated Michel. ‘The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’” Cibola Beacon

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10/15/2010 • Back to top


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