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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Santolina Proposed Development [Click to view entire case file.]
Location:
Albuquerque, NM

Issues:

The Law Center represents community groups in their effort to prevent approval for a 90,000+ person planned development proposed for the west side of Albuquerque. The Santolina development, which must be approved by the Bernalillo County Commission, would require nearly 20 million gallons of water per day, at least 20 schools, and two interchanges on I-40. Experts assert that the development will draw natural and financial resources away from other neighborhoods in Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, and will cause taxes to be raised for everyone in the region.



Latest News:

03/17/2016 - NMELC files Reply to Bernalillo County Response to Statement of Appellate Issues.

12/21/2015 - NMELC files Statement of Appellate Issues.

06/26/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s approval of zone change.

06/08/2015 - NMELC files Comments on Draft Development Agreement and on Findings and Conditions of Proposed Development.

05/27/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s denial of clients appeal.

05/11/2015 - The County Commission denied our clients’ appeal of the Master Plan by a vote of 3 to 2. The hearing is scheduled to resume on May 28, 2015.

05/07/2015 - NMELC files Motion to Postpone hearing scheduled for May 11, 2015.

03/25/2015 - Public hearing in Albuquerque on master plan.

12/29/2014 - Law Center files amended appeals of the Planning Commission’s recommendation that the County Commission approve the proposed master plan and of the Planning Commission’s approval of the zone map change.

Case Initiation Date:
December 2014

Clients/Partners:
SouthWest Organizing Project, New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, Pajarito Village Association

Attorneys:
Douglas Meiklejohn, Jaimie Park

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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