February 21, 2023
by Maddie Pukite, Daily Lobo
Earlier this month on Feb. 8, the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board approved a joint motion that dismissed a hearing for an air quality permit to build an asphalt plant in the Mountain View community in the South Valley of Albuquerque.
The Environmental Law Center joined community organizers in the legal fight to get the asphalt site out of the community in 2018 when the Environmental Health Department issued a permit to New Mexico Terminal Services to create the plant, according to staff attorneys Maslyn Locke and Eric Jantz.
In July 2021, they filed a motion for summary disposition on the grounds that the zoning for the proposed site was restricted to agricultural use, not an industrial plant. Before that could be heard, the permit was sent back to the EHD for reconsideration and was canceled on the grounds that no construction had been made in the past two years, according to Locke and Jantz. …