U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Travels to Navajo Nation, Hears of Health and Environmental Impacts of Uranium Mining

By Darren Thompson

Native News Online
April 25, 2022

Last Friday, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) traveled to Church Rock on the Navajo Nation, by invitation from the Navajo Nation and Redwater Pond Road Community members to discuss the impacts of uranium mining. NRC officials heard, for the first time in history, of the health and environmental impacts caused by uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. …

Marginalized communities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe fight environmental racism

Santa Fe asphalt consolidation appeal results expected this summer

By Megan Gleason

UNM Daily Lobo
April 25, 2022

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….

Final decision on asphalt plant on Santa Fe’s South Side expected this summer

Three years of resistance to asphalt plant consolidation continues

By Austin Fisher
Source NM
April 21, 2022

A final decision on whether an asphalt company can expand its operations on Santa Fe’s South Side is expected this summer, after community groups appealed the project’s approval by state environmental regulators and hundreds of local residents petitioned Monday for the decision to be overturned….

Farmers Push Back on Commissioner’s Water Comments

By Theresa Davis
Albuquerque Journal
April 20, 2022

About two dozen South Valley farmers protested at Civic Plaza on Wednesday in response to comments about agricultural water use made by Bernalillo County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada who referred to farmers as being among the “biggest wasters of water.”

The commissioner walked back his comments during Wednesday’s Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board meeting….

Santolina Has Hit a Wall: Ignoring Staff Recommendations, CPC Tells Barclay Bank “No”

By Gwynne Ann Unruh
The Paper.

March 3, 2022

Community groups scored a big win today. For the past eight years, it’s been a back-and-forth battle with Santolina and community groups that oppose a development the size of Santa Fe on Albuquerque’s west mesa. In a highly unusual move, despite the County Staff’s urging to approve the Santolina amendments, the Bernalillo County Planning Commission (CPC) members voted 3-2 to deny amended Level A Master Plan and 3-1 to deny the Level B.II Master Plan for the proposed Santolina development project….