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New Mexico Environmental Law Center
1405 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Telephone: (505) 989-9022
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SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Mining Commission voted today to deny an effort by the humate mining industry to further weaken protections in the New Mexico Mining Act regulations. A September 17th decision by the Mining Commission allowed humate mines to disturb twice as many acres without doing the environmental review required for other mines this size under the Mining Act. Not satisfied with the ability to disturb twice as much land as other mines, the humate mining industry a motion to reconsider the September decision. The Mining Commission denied the motion.
SANTA FE, N.M.— On December 27th, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed its Brief in Chief in an appeal arguing that the New Mexico Construction Industry Commission violated several laws when it made a second decision to roll back the Energy Efficient Building Codes adopted in 2010. The NMELC represents the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Environment New Mexico, Sundancer Creations Custom Builder, LLC, and several individuals in their effort to mandate energy efficiency in new buildings in New Mexico.
The Commission’s first decision that removed the Energy Efficiency Codes was reversed by the State Court of Appeals in April of this year in an appeal filed by the NMELC and its clients. The Commission made its most recent decision against energy efficiency in July of this year. The codes affected are the New Mexico Electrical Code, the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, the New Mexico Mechanical Code, and the New Mexico Plumbing Code.