SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is pleased to announce the winner of the Karl Souder Award for Water Protection is William C. Olson. The award was presented at an invitation only event in Santa Fe on December 8, 2013.
Mr. Olson, former chief of the ground water quality bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department, retired in 2011 after holding that position for seven years. Prior, he worked for the Oil Conservation Commission’s environmental bureau for nearly 13 years. After his retirement, he continued to work to protect groundwater resources working for the Department as a consultant and, most recently, testifying as a private individual against the adoption of the current Copper Rule.
Law Center Gives NMED’s Ryan Flynn Toxic Turkey Award
SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) announces the “winner” of the Toxic Turkey Award for 2013 is Ryan Flynn, Secretary-Designate of the New Mexico Environment Department. The NMELC’s Toxic Turkey Award is given to a person or group that has shown extraordinary disregard for New Mexico’s environment.
The newly appointed Secretary-Designate has made every effort to offer up New Mexico’s public health and natural resources to irresponsible polluting industries including copper mining and industrial dairies.