NMELC in the News

Mining Commission Upholds Mt Taylor Mining Permit

Panel upholds Mount Taylor Mine active status decision By Kathy Helms, Special correspondent Gallup Independent May 18, 2018 SANTA FE — Mount Taylor Mine will remain in active status, the New Mexico Mining Commission ruled this week. The Commission handed Amigos...

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Groups Ask for Hearing on Mt Taylor Permit

Environmentalists seek to halt return of Mount Taylor mine Santa Fe New Mexican The Associated Press March 19, 2018 GRANTS - Environmentalists are seeking to keep an idle uranium mine in western New Mexico from becoming active again, saying the designation will allow...

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Can Uranium Be Great Again?

The Law Center is not mentioned in this story, but the issue is central to our argument - which the Mining and Minerals Division and the Mining Commission refuse to allow us to make - that the Mt Taylor mine has no viable path to uranium production and should shut...

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Santolina bulldozes forward

Last month, the Bernalillo County Commission approved Santolina’s Level B Master Plan - despite no support from constituents, no agreement from the Bernalillo County Water Authority and no evidence that the development will result in no-net expense to Bernalillo...

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Santolina development takes another step forward

The County Planning Commission and county staff had recommended approval, although opponents of the project appealed the planning commission’s decision. That appeal was denied on the same 3-2 vote. Jaimie Park, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, who argued on behalf of SouthWest Organizing Project and other Santolina opponents, said the developer [...]
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Supporting environmental groups is of the utmost importance

The NMELC is an advocate for all that makes New Mexico a wonderful place to live: healthy communities, a well-functioning environment, social and environmental justice…Our organization, the Augustin Plains Challenge, is determined to make sure that decision-makers know that a lot matters besides lining corporate investors’ pockets. This project jeopardizes the viability of a thriving [...]
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EPA budget cuts threaten to slow uranium cleanup at Navajo Nation

“Administrator Pruitt is committed to leading the EPA in a more effective, more focused, less costly way as we partner with states to fulfill the agency’s core mission,” an agency spokesman said. Pruitt has made it clear he wants to delegate more responsibilities to state and local governments for enforcement and cleanup. But Eric Jantz, [...]
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Controversy Swirls Around Santolina Water Plan Delay

In the end commission newcomer, Democrat Steven Michael Quezada sided with the county’s two Republican commissioners in favor of letting the development proceed without a water agreement in place. New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney Jamie Park argued against letting the project go forward without a water agreement. “We were not surprised,” Park said. “We [...]
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Santolina project given more time to prepare water plan

Despite impassioned pleas from dozens of residents, Bernalillo County commissioners are giving Santolina developers more time to provide a water plan for the 21-square-mile development southwest of Interstate 40 and 118th Street… Jaimie Park, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, who argued on behalf of SouthWest Organizing Project and the other Santolina [...]
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Santolina project given more time to prepare water plan

Despite impassioned pleas from dozens of residents, Bernalillo County commissioners are giving Santolina developers more time to provide a water plan for the 21-square-mile development southwest of Interstate 40 and 118th Street… Jaimie Park, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, who argued on behalf of SouthWest Organizing Project and the other Santolina [...]
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Pipeline plan exposes dated water laws

The New Mexico State Engineer’s Office has denied the request twice before on the grounds that there was no buyer to put the water to beneficial use, but the ranch is back for a third try, this time before a new state engineer. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is representing local ranchers and the [...]
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Santolina zone change rejected

“We respectfully disagree with the judge’s analysis relating to the master plan,” said Douglas Meiklejohn, the executive director and an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. But he added that her ruling on the zone change decision is a “big victory for fairness and due process.”
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Santolina Foes Get Partial Court Victory

Attorney Douglas Meiklejohn, who represented Santolina opponents in the case, said he disagreed with Franchini’s decision regarding the master plan, but was happy that she struck down the zoning change. “We respectfully disagree with the judge’s analysis as to the master plan, but we believe that the determination that our clients were denied fairness in [...]
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