NMELC, Current Cases.

Title VI Complaint over air quality in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County

Location: Albuquerque and Bernalillo County

Opposing Parties:

Initiation Date: September 2014

Status: On-going


Attorneys: Eric Jantz


For years, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have regularly put low-income communities and minority communities in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County at higher risk to air pollution than wealthier, whiter neighborhoods. In 2014, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asserting violations by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Joint Air Quality Control Board under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for its pattern of permitting air polluting facilities in vulnerable communities. Read press release

Latest News:

07/25/2016 - EPA accepts Title VI Complaint

09/15/2014- NMELC files complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 before the US Environmental Protection Agency

Case Files:

07/19/2016 - EPA’s Letter of Acceptance of Complaint

09/15/2014 - Complaint under Title VI before the US Environmental Protection Agency, Exhibit I, Exhibit K, Exhibit M