BENEFITING: New Mexico Environmental Law Center
**ANOTHER UPDATE** - Hearing on the Motion to Stay and Motion to Disqualify the WQCC will be held on January 8. Details + the motions at www.nmelc.org.
**UPDATE** Thank you to everyone who has helped meet our original goal - now we're shooting to double our goal by the end of the year - $7,000! If you're unhappy with government collusion with massive multi-national corporations (or if you just oppose deliberate water pollution in New Mexico), we hope you'll support our fundraiser!
Here's the latest:
New Mexico's Water Quality Control Commission was supposed to hear our Motion to Stay the Copper Rule on December 10 (a request that the water pollution portions of the Rule not be implemented while under appeal.) We were surprised when the Motion was suddenly taken off of the agenda!
Here's what happened: the Office of the Attorney General represents the Commission, and is suing the Commission over the Copper Rule. The AG's office recused itself from representing the Commission on this matter, so the Commission is looking for a new attorney. Hence it postponed hearing our Motion to Stay.
Not surprisingly, Freeport-McMoRan and the NM Environment Department are opposing our motion. Surprisingly, the Environment Department's lawyer got to meet secretly with the Commission when it went into Executive Session.
Save Our Water! Save Our Lives!
Agua est vida. Water is life. So true in the desert southwest where water is vital for the survival of humans, animals, plants, our entire high-desert ecosystem. But recently, water, our most precious public natural resources, is at grave risk because of government-industry collusion.
Help us fight New Mexico's newly adopted "Copper Rule." It allows copper mining companies to pollute groundwater in excess of existing standards on any land in New Mexico.
Adopted by political appointees of the Susana Martinez administration, the "Copper Rule" overturns almost four decades of water quality protection in New Mexico. New grassroots groups, the members of whom live in the shadow of massive mines - are taking the illegal "Copper Rule" to court where they can get a fair hearing. Your support today will ensure that they will have the free, high-quality legal representation they need to go up against the New Mexico Environmental Department and Freeport McMoRan - the largest publicly traded copper company in the world.
This case is critical. Already industrial dairies are lining up to get the same political favor that would exempt them from the Water Quality Act. New Mexico's national laboratories, hardrock and uranium mines, gas stations, dry cleaners - nearly 1,000 facilities all across our state will undoubtedly be next in line. Help us send the message that polluters will not be allowed a free hand to write pollution rulings that exempt them from the environmental harm their operations cause, the damage they do.
Donations can be made through this campaign. Or contact us through our website: www.nmenvirolaw.org.
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New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Join with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center to fight groundwater contamination. For over 26 years, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has worked to preserve and protect the natural resources of New Mexico, to ensure clean air, land and water for current and future generations. NMELC is a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free or low cost legal services on environmental matters throughout the state. NMELC represents neighborhood associations, Native American tribes and pueblos, other environmental organizations, all of which seek environmental justice, a healthy and unpolluted environment that preserves the state’s public natural resources.
New Mexico Environmental law Center success stories
Won the right for citizens to participate in the appeal process against uranium mining in the Mount Taylor area.
Achieved the adoption of the New Mexico Mining Act that includes stringent mine clean up regulations.
Kept uranium mining out of communities in the Navajo Nation for 18 years and counting.
Prevented unregulated landfills and stringent solid waste restrictions at existing landfills.
Won the requirement that mining companies post the two largest mining clean up bonds in the nation, for a total of $700 million.
Mandated one of the strongest country ordinances in the country to regulate oil and gas drilling.
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s record is 3 for 3 against the current New Mexico State administration in its attempts to weaken environmental protection legislation.
Please help us preserve our way of life here, our natural environment, our unique cultural heritage. Additional information on our organization is available on our website: http://nmenvirolaw.org.
New Mexico Environmental Law Center is a 501(c)(3) charity. Your contributions are tax deductible and will be very gratefully received.