Location: Gila River
Opposing Parties: Bureau of Reclamation
Initiation Date: July 2009
Clients/Partners: Gila Conservation Coalition
Attorneys: Bruce Frederick
Investigate options open to the State of New Mexico concerning water projects on the Gila River under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.
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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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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“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.
“The Rule violates the Water Quality Act because it imposes no limit on…the pollution discharged by copper mines…The Act mandates that New Mexico’s ground water be protected. We hope the Court will agree.” NMELC Executive Director, Douglas Meiklejohn
SANTA FE, N.M.— Today, advocates for water quality filed their Brief in Chief with the New Mexico Supreme Court. The brief outlines why the Court should set aside the state’s Copper Mine Rule, which regulates the discharge of copper mining pollution into groundwater. The state Court of Appeals upheld the regulations in May, even though the Rule neither prevents water pollution nor protects New Mexico’s limited ground water supplies as required by the New Mexico Water Quality Act. The Supreme Court agreed to review the case in June. Today’s brief was filed by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) on behalf of Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), Amigos Bravos and Turner Ranch Properties, L.P. (Visit case page)