NMELC IN THE PRESS


They Keep Coming Back for the Plains of San Augustin Water

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center continues to represent the protestants, and yesterday, September 12, submitted a motion to the Catron County Seventh Judicial District Court that the Court re-open its 2012 Memorandum Decision (denying the Ranch’s appeal of the OSE’s rejection of the water transfer) so that the Court can order the OSE to reject the Ranch’s amended 2016 application, which includes the same defects that caused the OSE to deny the application in the first place. La Jicarita

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Posted by Juana Colon on 09/13/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Poisoned by Uranium, Navajo Nation Seeks Justice

In 1996 ENDAUM came to the New Mexico Environmental Law Center for legal assistance, and the HRI case has been a part of the Law Center’s docket ever since…community activism forced Navajo Nation leaders to find the strength to ban uranium mining outright in 2005.  No new uranium mining has begun in the state in the past 20 years. Impact Fund

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Posted by Juana Colon on 08/29/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


New Mexico official clears way for hearing on water proposal

Doug Meiklejohn, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, said the latest application by the developers does not include any specifics about who the actual water users would be and only mentions that cities such as Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are in the market for more water rights.

“It appears that the application suffers from the same lack of end user that was the basis for us getting it dismissed the first time,” he said. “You can’t speculate in water in New Mexico. It’s illegal.” Santa Fe New Mexican

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Posted by Juana Colon on 08/18/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


New Mexico Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in “Copper Rule” case

The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the New Mexico Copper Rule case for Wednesday, September 28 in Santa Fe.

The Copper Rule is a regulation adopted in October 2013 that allows the state’s copper mines to intentionally pollute groundwater. It is the first time since the New Mexico Water Quality Act was adopted that the State has exempted an entire industry from *pollution prevention requirements of the Act. KRWG

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Posted by Juana Colon on 08/12/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Do Albuquerque’s Air Pollution Policies Violate Civil Rights?

Under the Civil Rights Act, local governments that receive federal money are prohibited from discriminating against low-income people of color…

“These environmental rights, the rights to clean air, clean water—those are civil rights,” said Eric Jantz, an attorney for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center who filed the civil rights complaint with the EPA. “The air quality control board and the environmental health department have a fairly long history of suppressing public input and public activism around this issue.” KUNM

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Posted by Juana Colon on 08/08/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Reader View: Protect our state’s resources for the future

by Douglas Meiklejohn

The departure of Ryan Flynn from the position of secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department gives the governor an opportunity to do the right thing: appoint a secretary who will carry out the mission of the department.

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 6, 2016

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Posted by Juana Colon on 08/06/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Lowered deadline standards on new nuclear cleanup plan worries some

Jon Block, a Santa Fe attorney helping Nuclear Watch in a lawsuit against the Environment Department over the cleanup issue, said consent orders on waste cleanup are supposed to allow states to hold the federal government accountable to complete the clean up. Instead, he argued that the state Environment Department is doing the opposite.

“They’ve turned over the cleanup to the polluter,” Block said in an interview. “Instead of being the enforcer of noncompliance, they’re the cooperator, the negotiator, ‘we’re your pal.’” New Mexico Political Report

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Posted by Juana Colon on 07/22/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Amid federal gridlock, lobbying rises in the states

“Right now I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the oil and gas industry in New Mexico is essentially self-regulating,” said Eric Jantz, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center… “Oil and gas brings out its lobbyists and gets people from the oil patch to come and testify and spreads money around.” NMPolitics.net

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Posted by Juana Colon on 02/12/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Nuclear Watch to sue over LANL cleanup problems

The notice mailed Wednesday notes the lab missed a December final deadline for completion of Los Alamos clean-up work and hasn’t asked for an extension of the now-expired schedule that was set a decade ago. That makes DOE and Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS), the lab’s private manager, liable for civil penalties and subject to injunction, says the notice by attorney Jonathan Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Albuquerque Journal

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Posted by Juana Colon on 01/21/2016 • PermalinkBack to top


Earth Matters / Doug Meiklejohn

Earth Matters co-producer and Gila Resources Information Project Executive Director Allyson Siwik talks about critical New Mexico water resource issues with Doug Meiklejohn, attorney, Executive Director and founder of the NM Environmental Law Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free and low-cost legal services on environmental matters throughout New Mexico. GMCR.org

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Posted by Juana Colon on 12/07/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


‘Zombie Mine’ Refuses to Die

Nearly two and a half decades after the Mt. Taylor Mine, an underground uranium mine near Grants, switched from active to standby status, the company that owns the mine has filed paperwork to return it to active status.

Something had to change; Rio Grande Resources Corp. has run through the standby permits state law allows before idle mines must be cleaned up. But environmentalists are calling foul on the proposal as well as the latest efforts by the mining company to limit public comment at a hearing on Friday, Dec. 4. Santa Fe Reporter

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Posted by Juana Colon on 12/04/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


Kirtland cleanup effort faces lawsuit claiming ‘glacial pace’

Notice of an intent to sue the Air Force for dragging its feet in the Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill cleanup was filed Monday by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, prompting strong defenses of the project’s progress by the state Environment Department and the Air Force…“The Air Force is not seriously considering public input on the cleanup plan, has no enforceable benchmarks or deadlines for remediation, and is not overseen by an independent regulator,” said Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the NMELC and lead counsel in the case. Albuquerque Journal

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/17/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


Official: Progress made to reign in jet fuel contamination

The head of the New Mexico Environment Department says a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is shrinking…But two state senators and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center say progress has been too slow. They’re threatening a lawsuit. KRQE News 13

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/17/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


Air Force faces suit over jet fuel spill

Residents of New Mexico announced their intention to sue the U.S. Air Force over the massive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base. “The Air Force is not seriously considering public input on the cleanup plan, has no enforceable benchmarks or deadlines for remediation, and is not overseen by an independent regulator,” NMELC Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn said. “Efforts to address the spill so far have consisted of wastefully overspending on research instead of making progress on actual cleanup.” New Mexico Political Report

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/16/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


Secretary’s Copper Rule campaign riles opponents

Siwik argued that the opposition to the Copper Rule in Grant County extends far beyond the few individuals working in her organization. She cited a Silver City public meeting in May, at which “the vast majority of people spoke out against [the Copper Rule]...All of the people who spoke in favor of the rule were Freeport employees, contractors or grantees,” Siwik said. “People in Grant County care about our environment; they care about this issue. Who is going to live here if we don’t have clean water?” Silver City Daily Press

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/16/2015 • PermalinkBack to top


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