Areas with people of color, low-income residents and immigrants have historically been forced to endure environmental racism around the U.S., but New Mexico locals are fighting against it. Santa Fe’s Southside and Albuquerque’s South Valley continue in their efforts against unjust environmental decisions that disproportionately affect marginalized groups.

In Santa Fe’s Southside, Associated Asphalt and Materials received a permit from the New Mexico Environment Department last summer to consolidate its two plants — located on both sides of Highway 599, north of Airport Road — to only the west side of the highway. However, Miguel Acosta — who is the co-director of EarthCare, a nonprofit dedicated to ecological health and social justice — and Tierra Contenta resident Linda Marianiello started conversations against this consolidation in early 2020 after the permit was requested in December 2019…..

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