‘Green amendment’ to define environmental rights revived, advanced by New Mexico lawmakers

By Adrian Hedden
Carlsbad Current-Argus

February 8, 2022

New Mexicans’ right to a clean environment could be codified into state law as a resolution advanced from its first committee last week during the 2022 Legislative Session.

House Joint Resolution 2 sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-37) of Las Cruces was known as the “green amendment,” and would put language on the ballot in the next general election to alter the state’s constitution to define environmental rights….

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….