Appellate court upholds HRI’s mining permit

” ‘We are very disappointed in the court’s decision,’ stated Eric Jantz, staff attorney of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and lead attorney on the appeal, in a press release. ‘The majority passed up the opportunity to protect the health and safety of the people of Crownpoint and Church Rock - because the NRC won’t.’ ” The Navajo Times

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03/10/2010 • Back to top

Dissenting Judge Says Court Decision Puts Health of Navajo People at Risk

SANTA FE, N.M. –  The 10th Federal Circuit Appeals Court in Denver, CO returned with their decision today upholding the NRC license allowing HRI to mine for uranium in Crownpoint’s municipal water supply. Get Press Release in PDF format.

Documents: Federal 10th Circuit Appeals Court Opinion. Judge Carlos F. Lucero’s dissent.

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

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03/09/2010 • Back to top

1st Opportunity to Challenge NRC’s Generic Enviro Impact Statement (GEIS) Filed

The Law Center filed comments yesterday on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEIS) that were issued by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on three proposed in situ leach uranium mining projects in Wyoming. These comments are intended to address shortcomings in both the SEIS and the GEIS, and therefore challenge the validity of using a “generic” impact statement.

Lost Creek SEIS comments, and case page.
Moore Ranch SEIS comments, and case page.
Nichols Ranch SEIS comments, and case page.

Learn more about the GEIS.

03/05/2010 • Back to top

New Mexico group reins in emissions cap proposal

“These recommended changes are going to show industry that this is not going to cost a lot, it’s not going to raise consumer prices significantly at all and there will be regulatory flexibility,” Bruce Frederick, staff attorney. Associated Press

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03/03/2010 • Back to top

NMELC Files NOI to Present Technical Testimony in Greenhouse Gas Caps Case

The Law Center filed a Notice of Intent to Present Technical Testimony yesterday afternoon for our clients New Energy Economy. The Notice contains a concrete, realistic and cost-effective proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric, oil and gas sectors - which contribute 65% of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

PDF of NOI of Intent to Present Technical Testimony
PDF of Proposal

Find out more about the Greenhouse Gas Emission Caps case.

03/02/2010 • Back to top

Settlement Filed in American Cement Air Permit Case

After a two year struggle with the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Division over an air quality permit granted for the expansion of a cement transfer station, our clients, with assistance of the NMELC, arrived at a settlement with American Cement obtaining major environmental protection in just two days.

Our clients from the Greater Gardner Neighborhood Association and the North Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations obtained a technologically superior air particulate monitoring system and the creation of a Community Advisory Panel that will work with American Cement Company to assure environmentally friendly practices and good community relations. This is a major achievement in air quality regulation in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo area and the settlement will also provide a model for the use of mediation and stakeholder processes in the future.

The settlement, filed today, will go before the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board on a motion for approval and dismissal of the appeal on March 10, 2010.

Get more info and copies of filed documents.

02/26/2010 • Back to top

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