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EPA proposes major curbs on oil & gas methane but must strengthen them

EPA proposes major curbs on oil & gas methane but must strengthen them
On November 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released critical new draft rules to reduce methane emissions and other pollution from the oil and gas industry. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is more than 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Methane is also emitted alongside other harmful pollution that puts communities at risk of serious negative health effects ...
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Opposed by Texas, border nuke site still gets NRC permit

Opposed by Texas, border nuke site still gets NRC permit
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the WCS/ISP high-level “temporary” storage for used fuel rods from commercial nuclear reactors. These fuel cores remain extremely radioactive for a million years, despite objections from both Texas and New Mexico governors. This site is 5 miles from Eunice, NM, the largest nearby city ...
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NM dairy agrees to pollution-cleanup plan

NM dairy agrees to pollution-cleanup plan
After two years of negotiations, Del Oro Dairy in Anthony, NM, has agreed to several modifications to its original plan to capture polluted shallow groundwater from beneath its facility.  This revised plan is the culmination of efforts between  the New Mexico Environment Department’s Groundwater Quality Bureau, the New Mexico Citizens Dairy Coalition and Del Oro. It represents the hope that this plan spells the end for the shallow-water pollution plume that is already under residential neighborhoods and has been contributing ...
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Protecting sacred places and water of Pecos

Protecting sacred places and water of Pecos
For over 900 miles, the Pecos River stretches from its high-elevation headwaters in the Pecos Wilderness south through Tecolote, Santa Rosa, Roswell, Carlsbad and across the border to Pecos, Texas. It is the life-blood of eastern New Mexico towns, ranches, farms and natural landscapes. Permitted use of the water for industrial development has been low ever since the Terrero Mine and Molino closed in 1950 and was designated as a “Superfund-level” site in 1995. Over $38 million and 20 years of ...
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Big news from Climate Summit: Gov. Lujan Grisham to put “net zero by 2050” bill on 2022 call

For immediate release: Oct. 25, 2021 Santa Fe, NM – At her speech at the Speaker’s Climate Summit (2:33:35) on Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham promised to propose legislation codifying the goals of her 2019 Climate Executive Order in the 2022 New Mexico legislative session. Climate and community advocates, who applauded the announcement, have been supporting climate-justice legislation that would create jobs and uplift frontline communities by moving toward a clean-energy economy and enshrining the economy-wide commitments to net-zero climate ...
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Join ClimateCorps – because climate is core

Join ClimateCorps - because climate is core
But climate is core to our survival, the quality of life of our kids in the future and now. It’s core to protecting our air, water, wildlife, lands, food and so much more. Now is the time and we are the ones. Join ClimateCORPS ...
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A real climate plan for New Mexico to invest in

A real climate plan for New Mexico to invest in
A coalition of climate and community groups has been working together to propose a broad plan for New Mexico to address climate change and provide market mechanisms to protect communities and drive equitable economic innovation. The package would also include appropriations to invest in grants to support energy-efficiency improvements for low- and moderate-income families; decarbonization credits for small business; and fleet electrification and other job-creating investments ...
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Fossil-fuel hydrogen a climate threat, not a solution

Hydrogen facts
On October 5, a coalition of New Mexico community, environmental, and justice organizations warned state and federal lawmakers of the risks of diving head-first into fossil-fueled hydrogen projects. The groups’ letter provides guidance on the context and safeguards that must be enacted before hydrogen projects are considered in the San Juan Basin, and in New Mexico generally.The oil and gas industry has lobbied for billions in taxpayer funds for hydrogen in the coming federal infrastructure bill, and states, including New ...
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Public turns out for smog rules

Public turns out for smog rules
Eighty-five of you (parents, kids, faith leaders, Sierra Club members) spoke in favor of strong smog rules in front of the Environmental Improvement Board at the end of September. The Environmental Improvement Board hearing lasted two weeks and involved testimony, witnesses, and cross-examining, all while climate and community groups made a case for the strongest safeguards possible. Our lawyers, witnesses and public commenters advocated for some areas of improvement to the draft rule.  ...
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PRC approves first utility EV infrastructure proposal

PRC approves first utility EV infrastructure proposal
On September 22, 2021, New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission approved Southwestern Public Service Company’s Transportation Electrification Plan — essentially a state-required plan for adding electric-vehicle infrastructure — with some important improvements your actions helped secure.  ...
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