NMELC, Current Cases.

Helena Chemical's air quality permit appeal

Location: Mesquite, NM

Opposing Parties:

Initiation Date: 2010

Status: CLOSED - Our clients were denied participation in the appeal.

Clients/Partners: Mesquite Community Action Committee

Attorneys: Jonathan Block


Residents of Mesquite, NM, are tired of the air pollution that blows from the Helena Chemical Company’s fertilizer mixing plant into their yards, homes and businesses.  For years, they have worked together as the Mesquite Community Action Committee to advocate for better air quality.

At different times during the past decade, we have represented the Committee.

  • In 2005, we helped the community win a victory when we helped them persuade the NM Environment Department that the company requires an air quality permit.
  • In 2010, we helped the community persuade the Environmental Improvement Board that it should deny Helena’s appeal of that permit requirement.
  • Now we are working to represent the Committee in appellate court, where the company is appealing its need to have an air quality permit.

We will continue to represent the community in its efforts to clean up the air in Mesquite.

Latest News:

07/15/2011 - Because the group was not an official party to the proceeding, the Supreme Court did not require the appellate court to grant us party status.

07/06/2011 - Court of Appeals denies MCAC intervention in appeal.

06/13/2011 - Filed motion for leave to intervene in appeal.

Case Files:

07/15/2011 - Supreme Court Order Denying Petition.

07/06/2011 - Court of Appeals denial of MCAC intervention.

06/13/2011 - Motion for Leave to Intervene as Appellee