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New Mexico Environmental Law Center
1405 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Telephone: (505) 989-9022
Fax: (505) 989-3769
On November 17th, the Con Alma Health Foundation will recognize Douglas Meiklejohn, Executive Director and Founder of the Law Center, as one of its two “Heroes of Health” in 2016.
Doug is humbled by the award, noting that, “This award is special because it recognizes that the health and wellbeing of all New Mexicans depend on equal access to clean air, water and land.”
Under his direction, NMELC has advocated for communities and the environment on hundreds of issues, demonstrating through its many successes that communities can band together to fight polluters and greatly reduce the health threats they pose.
“As communities throughout the state are confronted by the critical impacts of long-term drought, it is irresponsible to allow mining companies to pollute groundwater that is needed by everyone.”
Allyson Siwik, GRIP Executive Director.
SANTA FE, N.M. — In a case that will set precedent for how the State of New Mexico protects water at industrial sites, the state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the “Copper Rule” case for September 28, 2016.
The Copper Rule is a regulation adopted by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to regulate groundwater contamination by the copper mining industry. It is the first regulation since the state’s adoption of its Water Quality Act in 1967 that allows an entire industry to intentionally pollute groundwater. The Copper Rule was largely written by mining giant Freeport McMoRan, and adopted in October 2013.
The state’s high court has been asked to set aside the Rule and require the WQCC to adopt a regulation that protects groundwater quality from copper mine contamination.