Fighting Goliaths in the Land of Enchantment

The slightly shabby Santa Fe office of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center doesn’t look like it houses a formidable legal force. But it does. “The Law Center is the most important environmental organization in New Mexico today,” says Antonio Luján, a former state representative. “It has credibility with the Legislature, credibility with communities, and it takes on the right issues.” Green Fire Times

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04/02/2014 • Back to top

Citizens’ coalition protests weakening of NM Dairy Rule

Citizens’ Coalition Statement on Postponement of Hearing on Dairy Groundwater Protections and Lack of Enforcement by NMED

In a statement released on March 18, 2014, a coalition of New Mexicans who live near industrial dairies and public-interest groups released the following statement:

Following New Mexico’s adoption of the polluting Copper Rule, the dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar favorable treatment. In 2013, it petitioned the State to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation. Meanwhile, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has suspended enforcement of the Dairy Rule and issuance of dairy pollution-control permits until after the rulemaking hearing.

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03/18/2014 • Back to top

Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in New Mexico

Jantz gives fair warning to those who believe that simply because they do not reside near an old uranium mine or mill they need not worry about these issues. “The nuclear power chain is slung across the world, so folks who may not live near a mine or mill may not be getting those direct effects,” he said. “But you may live near a fabrication plant or a nuclear power plant. And if you are one of those people, you are going to be dealing with the radiological effects on that end of the power chain. So the folks in New Mexico and the Southwest are the just first people exposed to the problem.”  Truthout.org

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02/20/2014 • Back to top

Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land

In this dusty corner of the Navajo reservation, where seven generations of families have been raised among the arroyos and mesas, Bertha Nez is facing the prospect of having to leave her land forever. The uranium pollution is so bad that it is unsafe for people to live here long term, environmental officials say. Although the uranium mines that once pocked the hillsides were shut down decades ago, mounds of toxic waste are still piled atop the dirt, raising concerns about radioactive dust and runoff.  New York Times

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02/19/2014 • Back to top

New Mexico Mining Commission denies effort to weaken protections in mining rules

SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Mining Commission voted today to deny an effort by the humate mining industry to further weaken protections in the New Mexico Mining Act regulations. A September 17th decision by the Mining Commission allowed humate mines to disturb twice as many acres without doing the environmental review required for other mines this size under the Mining Act. Not satisfied with the ability to disturb twice as much land as other mines, the humate mining industry a motion to reconsider the September decision. The Mining Commission denied the motion.

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02/12/2014 • Back to top

Uranium mine troubles Native American groups

“If developed, Roca Honda will be a huge underground mine with tremendous impacts,” said environmental attorney Eric Jantz. “This mine could destroy people’s water, land, their places of worship - all for the purposes of funnelling profits to a Canadian company that is in turn selling it to Korea.” Al Jazeera English

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02/09/2014 • Back to top

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