NMELC, Current Cases.

New Mexico Copper Mine Groundwater Regulations

Location: Statewide

Opposing Parties:

Initiation Date: January 2012

Status: On-going

Clients/Partners: Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), Amigos Bravos, Turner Ranch Properties, L.P.

Attorneys: Douglas Meiklejohn, Jaimie Park


Advocate for environmental protections to be included in New Mexico’s copper mine groundwater regulations.

Latest News:

03/07/2016 - Reply Brief filed with the NM Supreme Court

10/19/2015 - Brief in Chief filed with NM Supreme Court

06/13/2015 - NM Supreme court grants review of Copper Rule

05/08/2015 - NMELC files Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the New Mexico Supreme Court

04/08/2015 - Court of Appeals uphold Copper Rule.

04/09/2014 - NMELC files Brief in Chief with Court of Appeals.

02/19/2014 - NMELC files Motion for Stay of Copper Rule and Brief in Support of Stay with the NM Court of Appeals.

12/13/2013 - NMELC files Reply in Support of staying Copper Rule with WQCC until the Court of Appeals makes its determination and a Motion to disqualify the WQCC.

12/05/2013 - The Copper Rule hearing that was scheduled for December 10th before the Water Quality Control Commission has been postponed. Please stay tuned for upcoming new schedule.

11/08/2013 - Docketing statement is filed in Appeal.

10/09/2013 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal.

09/10/2013 - WQCC adopts copper mining regulations as proposed by NMED and Freeport-McMoRan. Read press release.

08/22/2013 - Closing arguments filed.

04/09/2013 - Staff Attorney Bruce Frederick gives opening statement to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC)

04/01/2013 - Beginning April 9th, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will go before the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to present its draft water quality rules for the copper mining industry. Find out more.

02/22/2013 - Notice of Intent to Present Technical Testimony filed.

12/14/2012 - NMELC filed joint Motion to Dismiss with the Water Quality Control Commission to dismiss the NMED’s proposed copper rule.

10/12/2012 - NMELC submitted comments with the New Mexico Environment Department on draft changes to the state’s copper mine regulations.

Read press release: Copper Mining Company Allowed to Write Copper Mining Regulations | Throws Out Protections for New Mexico Groundwater

Case Files:

03/07/2016 - Reply Brief

10/19/2015 - Brief in Chief

06/13/2015 - NM Supreme court order granting Petition for Writ

05/08/2015 - Petition for Writ of Certiorari

04/08/2015 - Court of Appeals decision upholding Copper Rule

04/09/2014 - Copper Rule Appeal Brief in Chief

02/19/2014 - Motion for Stay and Brief in Support of Stay

12/12/2013 - Reply in Support of Stay and Motion to Disqualify WQCC

11/08/2013 - Docketing Statement

10/09/2013 - Notice of Appeal

08/22/2013 - Filed Closing Arguments in Opposition to Proposed Copper Rules.

04/09/2013 - NMELC’s Opening Statement to the Water Quality Control Commission

02/22/2013 - Notice of Intent to Present Technical Testimony.
Mr. Kuipers testimony and Attachment 1 and Attachment 2[large file].
Ms. Smith’s Testimony and Attachment 1, Attachment 2[large file], Attachment 3[large file] and
Attachment 4.

12/14/2012 - Joint Motion to Dismiss Petition for Rulemaking.

10/12/2012 - Submitted Comments on September 13th Draft.

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