NMELCs Other Cases.


CASES — OTHER


Cases that we've not yet officially categorized. These cases are arranged alphabetically, with the exception of affiliated case groupings. The simplest method to find a particular case is to use our search feature, at the top of the page.


Cannon AFB Training Flights [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Northern New Mexico

Issues:

Oppose Air Force training missions over Taos Pueblo and areas important to Taos Pueblo.



Latest News:
Case Initiation Date:
September 2010

Clients/Partners:
Taos Pueblo

Attorneys:
Douglas Meiklejohn

Case Status:
On-going

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Helena Chemical's air quality permit appeal [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Mesquite, NM

Issues:

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 Initiation Date:
2010

Clients/Partners:
Mesquite Community Action Committee

Attorneys:
Jonathan Block

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

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Los Alamos National Security LLC Hazardous Waste Appeal [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Los Alamos

Issues:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) assert that the State issued permit violates federal law.



Latest News:

02/23/2011 - CCNS files Motion to Intervene in permit appeal.

Case Initiation Date:
January 2011

Clients/Partners:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)

Attorneys:
Jonathan Block

Case Status:
On-going

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Taos municipal airport expansion [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Taos

Issues:

The Law Center represents Taos Pueblo in efforts to prevent or limit expansion of the Taos municipal airport, which would impair religious practices by Pueblo members, threaten the iconic architecture of the Pueblo, and increase development pressure on their living culture - the basis for its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2003, the FAA conducted a noise analysis that offered the conclusion that a Cessna overflight is no louder than a thunderclap.  Our clients assert that comparing a twin-engine aircraft to an act of nature illustrates the administration’s lack of cultural sensitivity.

We are in continuing negotiations with the FAA to prevent the expansion of the airport, or to mitigate its impacts on the Pueblo.



Latest News:

2/29/2012 - The last of the eight parties sign the Memorandum of Agreement.

12/30/2011 - Taos Pueblo, the Town of Taos, the FAA, and other parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement (Read press release). The Memorandum of Agreement will put in place measures to discourage pilots from flying over Taos Pueblo lands, to monitor flights that do occur over Pueblo lands, and to address crashes on Pueblo lands.  It also calls for Taos Pueblo and the Town of Taos to work together on federal legislation that would mandate the adoption of regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration to protect Taos Pueblo from overflights.

Aug 2009 - Negotiations with the FAA are continuing.

Case Initiation Date:
June 1994

Clients/Partners:
Taos Pueblo

Attorneys:
Douglas Meiklejohn

Case Status:
On-going

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