December 16, 2022

Mountain View Coalition & NMELC Pleased with Last Night’s Decision

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Community members were pleased when the Air Quality Control Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the Mountain View Coalition and New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s proposed Health, Environment and Equity Impacts Regulation on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

The meeting was held hybrid and approximately 50 people attended in person and nearly 70 people attended over zoom. Eighteen community members spoke during public comment in favor of the proposed equity impacts regulation and the need for a public hearing. Other community members submitted written comments in support; State Senator Linda Lopez submitted a letter of support which was read aloud during the meeting.

Spanish language interpretation was offered over the zoom platform at the Coalition’s request. When a commenter spoke in Spanish, however, in-person attendees were not able to hear English interpretation unless they listened to the zoom meeting on their cell phones.

NMELC Senior Staff Attorney Eric Jantz and Staff Attorney Maslyn Locke introduced the regulation. Jantz said, “Most of the burdens and few of the benefits of economic development are experienced by residents in these overburdened communities. This regulation promotes clean economic development and a better quality of life.” …

Read the entire press release here.