Green Amendment Moves Inches Closer to Passage

By The Paper. Staff
The Paper.

February 06, 2022

Constitutional Amendment will Secure the Right to Clean Air and Water and a Healthy Environment

On Saturday, the New Mexico House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted to pass an updated version of HJR2, or the Green Amendment, through committee with a vote of 6 to 4. A revised version was considered by the committee after the original language failed to achieve the majority necessary at last week’s hearing to advance. The new language, according to sponsors, addresses concerns raised at last week’s hearing while still providing essential environmental rights and natural resources protection. The proposed New Mexico Green Amendment will be moving forward to the House Judiciary Committee next…

Air Supply: Southside residents appeal environment department approval of asphalt company’s plan to consolidate operations

By Bella Davis
Santa Fe Reporter
February 02, 2022

Southsiders Linda Marianiello and Miguel Acosta have for about two years been trying to prevent Associated Asphalt and Materials from consolidating operations in Santa Fe under a new permit, citing community health concerns, particularly given the company’s history of possible violations….

Best way to honor downwinders? Extend, expand RECA

By Mia Montoya Hammersley, Staff Attorney, New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Albuquerque Journal
Guest Column
January 27, 2022

Every summer when I was growing up, I looked forward to the time I would spend with my family in Tularosa. A quiet oasis, these weeks were spent picking fruit from the trees in my grandparents’ yard and racing empty banana split boats through the irrigation ditches with my cousins. My grandfather, Demetrio “Dee” Herrera Montoya, served as mayor of Tularosa for many years. He passed away in 2010 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He and my grandmother were children when the world’s first nuclear weapon was detonated on July 16, 1945, approximately 45 miles from their homes in the Tularosa Basin….

NM Environmental Law Center’s Top-10 Environmental Justice Issues For 2022

By NMELC Staff
Green Fire Times
Jan/Feb 2022

For the last four years in Green Fire Times, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has shared our perspective on the top environmental issues to watch in the coming year. Three of those years focused on the gutting of environmental safeguards by the Trump administration; last year we reflected glimmers of hope, both on the national and the state levels, regarding environmental protection. A year later, we again take stock of efforts to hold both regulating agencies as well as industry and polluters accountable for contamination of air, lands and water. Here are our top-10 environmental justice issues for 2022….

NM’s Best Climate Protector and Worst Polluter Awards

New Mexico Environmental Law Center Hands Out Its Awards For 2021
by Gwynne Ann Unruh
The Paper.
December 26th, 2021
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) has announced the winners of its Annual Environmental Justice Awards for 2021. Four awards were given out this year including the yearly presentation of a tongue-in-cheek environmental injustice “award”— a mock “invoice” to the Toxic Polluter of the year for harming the environment and the health of those who call the Land of Enchantment home.