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. …
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….
Three years of resistance to asphalt plant consolidation continues
By Austin Fisher
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….
By Theresa Davis
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….
April 19, 2022
WHAT: Press Conference (in-person)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 4:30pm (before the ABCWUA Meeting at 5pm)
WHERE: One Civic Plaza, outside entrance to City Govt Center, near Plaza Eatery
WHO: Local small farmers and acequia users
WHY: To respond to the baseless & irresponsible comments made by a sitting County Commissioner
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—During a recent Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) meeting, Bernalillo County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada made the following outrageous comment attacking our local farmers: “Farmers [in the middle Rio Grande] tend to be the biggest wasters of water.” He also claimed that this outrageous accusation was based on “research” that his office had conducted….