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Residents to Weigh in on Uranium Ordinance

Commission reverses effort to bury ordinance, Special meeting March 14

With help from the Law Center and its members, affected community members have a chance to push for a three year moratorium on uranium mining in McKinley County. 
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A special meeting on uranium mining is scheduled before the McKinley County Commission on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 pm.

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: McKinley Courthouse, 3rd floor in Commissioner Chambers
Address: 207 W. Hill, Gallup, NM 87301 (map)

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend.

This meeting comes after the Law Center threatened to sue the Commission for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act. In violation of the law, the commission had put the moratorium on the agenda of a little-publicized meeting on January 3; after telling community advocates that the moratorium would be heard on January 10. See case page.

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03/06/2017 • Back to top


ROUND 2: Santolina Hearing

Despite its failure to meet critical requirements, the massive Santolina juggernaut continues to roll over county approval processes. In January, the Bernalillo County Planning Commission gave its recommendation to approve the B.1 Level Master Plan from the developer.

The Law Center already has lodged its appeal of the Planning Commission’s recommendation with the Bernalillo County Commission, which will be the next body to consider the Level B plans.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at 3 PM to hear both NMELC’s appeal and the developer’s Level B.1 Master Plan. Get meeting details. Visit Santolina case page.

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03/06/2017 • Back to top


Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen Supports the NMELC all Through March!

Sweetwater
Join us at Santa Fe’s own Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen all through March 2% of each cash purchase will be donated to the Law Center!

It’s a delicious way to support environmental protection in New Mexico. See you there!

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
1512 Pacheco Street (map)
Building B
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
505.795.7383

03/01/2017 • Back to top


Bill to bring back oil and gas pollution penalty moves forward

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can authorize states to take over certain regulatory duties. Under that program, states must be able to assess penalties against companies that pollute water. But in New Mexico, the state’s Oil Conservation Division (OCD) hasn’t been able to do that for years. New Mexico Political Report

Go to New Mexico Political Report for full story.

02/23/2017 • Back to top


McKinley County Gets Notified Over Open Meetings Act Violations

GRANTS, N.M. — On behalf of two community groups, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center submitted a notice of intent to sue today to the McKinley County Commission identifying a possible Open Meetings Act Violation related to a meeting held in January 2017. Groups signing onto the letter include Red Water Pond Road and Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining. The letter outlines that the county failed to give proper notice about the meeting to the public, and didn’t publish the agenda in advance of the meeting.

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02/13/2017 • Back to top


Lawyers, Sprawl & Money

Law Center Staff Attorney Jaimie Park and Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn continue to challenge Bernalillo County’s efforts to approve the 90,000 person Santolina development, which is proposed for Albuquerque’s west side.

Fresh off defeating a third attempt by the developer to knock our appeal of Santolina’s “Level A” approvals out of state District Court, Staff Attorney Jaimie Park challenged a preliminary recommendation for the “Level B” approvals in mid-January.

You can read our appeal along with background information on the Santolina case page.

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02/06/2017 • Back to top


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