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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


Eco-Assault!

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

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04/06/2011 • Back to top


Spring 2011 Green Fire Report Newsletter Online

The GreenFire Report is now online. Get the whole newsletter in PDF format here. Sign up for our monthly ENews and stay updated on all our casework.

04/01/2011 • Back to top


Rescind, Revise, Repeal: Read This if You Care About Clean Water, Air and Land in New Mexico

Memo To Industry: You Can’t Just Wish Regulations Away Attorney Bruce Frederick of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center said he is curious about the group’s criteria for suggesting rules be eliminated or revised, particularly when it comes to the federally-required air quality standards.” Clearly New Mexico

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03/24/2011 • Back to top


NRC Changing Its Definition of “Background” Radiation?

by Chris Shuey, MPH.
Uranium Impact Assessment Program Director
Southwest Research and Information Center

This press release from the U.S. NRC, dated March 16, 2011, says that NRC believes it is “appropriate” for all Americans living within 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) of the Fukushima plants to evacuate.  Unless there’s new recommendations from the Japanese government, I believe this is a greater evacuation distance than previously announced.

The suggested evacuation distance is based on “protective action recommendations” that are triggered when whole body radiation doses exceed 1 rem (10 milliSieverts) and doses to the thyroid exceed 5 rem (50 mSv), NRC said. The agency cited “[a]ttached…computer calculations” to support the recommendations, but there were no attachments to the press release.

You’ll note that NRC says background radiation from all natural and human-made sources is 620 millirems per year (0.62 rem/yr).  On its web site, the NRC says about half of this background is from natural sources and the other half is from human-made sources, including medical uses of radioactive materials.  This is the highest “background” radiation dose I have ever heard cited by a regulatory agency.

03/17/2011 • Back to top


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