According to NMELC, the proposed copper rule violates the state’s Water Quality Act—and bears the inky prints of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc., owners of southwestern New Mexico’s Tyrone Mine. In a November legal document, the center points out that the proposed rule isn’t the result of a public process, as mandated by the state legislature. Rather, Freeport’s exemptions were inserted into the rule by the Environment Department’s general counsel after the advisory committee drafted an initial rule in August…Given the importance of clean water to the state’s economic and environmental future, it seems like this rule and others deserve a closer look. Santa Fe Reporter
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