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Kirtland cleanup effort faces lawsuit claiming ‘glacial pace’

Notice of an intent to sue the Air Force for dragging its feet in the Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill cleanup was filed Monday by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, prompting strong defenses of the project’s progress by the state Environment Department and the Air Force…“The Air Force is not seriously considering public input on the cleanup plan, has no enforceable benchmarks or deadlines for remediation, and is not overseen by an independent regulator,” said Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the NMELC and lead counsel in the case. Albuquerque Journal

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11/17/2015 • Back to top


Official: Progress made to reign in jet fuel contamination

The head of the New Mexico Environment Department says a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is shrinking…But two state senators and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center say progress has been too slow. They’re threatening a lawsuit. KRQE News 13

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11/17/2015 • Back to top


Air Force faces suit over jet fuel spill

Residents of New Mexico announced their intention to sue the U.S. Air Force over the massive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base. “The Air Force is not seriously considering public input on the cleanup plan, has no enforceable benchmarks or deadlines for remediation, and is not overseen by an independent regulator,” NMELC Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn said. “Efforts to address the spill so far have consisted of wastefully overspending on research instead of making progress on actual cleanup.” New Mexico Political Report

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11/16/2015 • Back to top


Secretary’s Copper Rule campaign riles opponents

Siwik argued that the opposition to the Copper Rule in Grant County extends far beyond the few individuals working in her organization. She cited a Silver City public meeting in May, at which “the vast majority of people spoke out against [the Copper Rule]...All of the people who spoke in favor of the rule were Freeport employees, contractors or grantees,” Siwik said. “People in Grant County care about our environment; they care about this issue. Who is going to live here if we don’t have clean water?” Silver City Daily Press

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11/16/2015 • Back to top


NM Residents Initiate Suit Against US Air Force for Dragging its Feet on Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill

“At this point, a lot of promises have been made by the Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department, yet they continue to delay a serious cleanup process and keep failing to adhere to their own cleanup deadlines.”  Javier Benavidez, SWOP Executive Director Initiate

SANTA FE, NM — The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) has filed a notice of intent to sue with the US Air Force, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Secretary of Defense and the New Mexico Attorney General over the failure to implement productive measures toward cleaning up the massive Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill.

The letter was filed on behalf of clients Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), New Mexico Senator Cisco McSorley, New Mexico Senator Mimi Stewart and four individual residents of Albuquerque, NM. The letter announces plaintiffs’ intent to sue the US Air Force over the glacial pace toward cleanup of the spill. The letter is a required by law to inform parties that they will be sued after 90 days.

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11/16/2015 • Back to top


Feds Worry Power Giant Will Ditch Mine Cleanup

The back and forth in bankruptcy court highlights the difficulties of holding shape-shifting companies responsible for pollution that often stays put…So much uranium waste still litters the region, Jantz said, because mining companies so often changed hands — or simply went under — after unearthing tons of the silvery-white metal, requiring intense corporate forensic work to hold anyone accountable.

“That’s sort of the SOP — the standard operating procedures — for a lot of the uranium miners in this industry,” he said. “This confusion is often by design in order to avoid liability.” Texas Tribune

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11/06/2015 • Back to top


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