NMELC clients Esther and Steven Abeyta share how you can help fight for clean air for all:
Hello my friend,
I hope this message finds you well. The reason I am writing you today is to invite you to attend on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (see notice) the Honstein Oil Air Permit hearing finally after four years on the appeal we filed.
A briefing on Honstein Oil. Honstein is a bulk petroleum facility in the community of San Jose located at 101 Anderson SE, right across the street from families’ residential homes. The reason it has taken four years for Steven, Juan, myself, Eric Jantz and Jon Block Attorneys with New Mexico Environmental Law Center to have a hearing in front of the Air Quality Control Board, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department (EHD) has tried diligently to have the Air Quality Control Board not hear our appeal…
by filing numerous summary judgments and discoveries against us every time we were scheduled for a hearing in front of the Air Quality Control Board. The current Air Quality Board Chair, Ms. Jane Cudney-Black in 2014 worked for and counseled Honstein Oil with their air permit application.
With the help of friends who attended the Air Quality Control Board meeting in June of 2015; where our concerns and testimonies were trivialized by the EHD and Air Quality Divisions (AQD) whose job is to protect our health, sat with the City’s attorneys and Mr. Honstein defending his company against the community’s concerns. To our surprise, the Air Quality Control Board denied EHD and AQD request for Summary Judgement – granting us a chance for a hearing to voice our concerns and present data regarding the Honstein Oil air permit.
Instead of helping a minority low income community address the air quality issues. The City’s Environmental Health Division has used over one hundred thousand of our tax dollars on a professional/technical contract with an attorney and out of state consulting company to discredit the bucket sampling and the qualified experts who have helped us by submitting testimony on the Honstein air permit. Why would EHD do that, could it be; this case may set precedence because of the bucket brigade sampling tests that found high levels of chlorobenzene in front of Honstein and around the community of San Jose, or because we are addressing cumulative impacts?
Steven and I are asking if you are able to please attend on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Upper Level, East Complex, in the Pecos/Ruidoso meeting room at 5:00pm public comments period and speak your concerns for the quality of life for families of San Jose.
Below are some talking points you are welcome to use:
Thank you and God Bless you and your family.
Esther and Steven Abeyta
If you cannot make the hearing in person, click here to find out how you can help.