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PRC approves damaging changes to renewables rule

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For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2014

Rio Grande Chapter statement on PRC decision to make damaging change to cost calculations in renewables rule

SANTA FE, NM - The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday voted to make a damaging change to the rule that enforces New Mexico’s renewable-energy law.

Counsel Rick Blumenfeld deceptively told the commission that his recommendation addressed concerns of commenters and failed to tell the commission that most commenters had reached a consensus to keep the current rule intact.


N.M. Environment Department stops enforcing water safeguards for dairies

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By Michael Jensen, Amigos Bravos, and Dan Lorimier 03/24/14

When the Martinez Administration’s Water Quality Control Commission compromised public health and the environment by adopting the Copper Rule in September, it also created an alarming precedent to allow pollution of the state’s groundwater rather than requiring prevention of pollution.

The dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar treatment, petitioning the commission to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation.

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What it's like living next to a dairy

Jana Hughes

By Jana Hughes 03/21/14
As a rural resident living in an agricultural area for the majority of my life, I have spent many of those years living near a large-scale industrial dairy operation in the southeastern quadrant of the state.
Industrial confinement dairies produce massive amounts of manure because they confine thousands of animals on too little land. The untreated waste often migrates off-site and into the groundwater and the air I breathe. Land surrounding my home is used to dispose of the manure, bringing the untreated waste even closer to my home.


New staffers for New Mexico

Robert Tohe

By Roger Singer, Senior Regional Organizing Manager 03/24/14
I would like to introduce you to our two newest Sierra Club national staff based in New Mexico, Dustin Chavez-Davis and Robert Tohe.
As key staff members of the Club’s national Our Wild America campaign, they both have already been hard at work to better protect the remaining wildlands of New Mexico, and to protect our state’s air and water quality from dirty fuels extraction on our public lands.
Both Robert and Dustin hail originally from New Mexico.


Science panel rejects Fish and Wildlife wolf plan

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair 03/28/14

The saga and shame of the proposal to delist wolves from endangered-species protection wears on.
Wolves have already been delisted by an act of Congress in the three northern Rockies states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the three Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last year, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove wolves from the Endangered Species list nationwide (excluding Mexican wolves) based on a reclassification of the species Canis lupus.


What must New Mexicans give up for a CO2 pipeline?

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By Rebecca Anthony, Mountainair resident, and Teresa Seamster 03/14/14

What are New Mexicans sacrificing to global companies like Kinder-Morgan by being compelled to grant easements so hazardous materials can be piped across hundreds of miles of private, public and tribal lands?

This January, in a packed meeting hall in the Alpine Alley Café in Mountainair, residents, ranchers and surrounding landowners listened and asked questions for hours on what a proposed carbon-dioxide pipeline could do to their community.


Albuquerque air-quality board refuses to hear air-quality rule

By Lora Lucero 04/06/14
On March 12, the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Board ruled against Southwest Organizing Project’s request for a public hearing.
SWOP and community members wanted the board to set a future public hearing to consider a cumulative-impacts rule.
SWOP’s draft rule would have required the air-quality board to consider the pollutants coming from all of the smokestacks in the neighborhood, not just from the applicant’s project. There are at least 84 permitted facilities polluting Albuquerque’s South Valley.


Bosquitos make nature art

Bosquitos Alli courtesy Sarita Streng

By Sarita Streng, Central New Mexico Group
The Bosquitos (the kids and kids-of-all-ages group of the Bosque Action Team) got together on Feb. 23 for a “Land Art” event led by Sandria Cook and Allison “Alli” Theoret.


Join the team! Volunteer web editor needed

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is looking for a web editor — someone who can update the website and add events, stories, action alerts and other items.
The commitment is only a few hours a month, but it makes a big difference to our communications efforts. Please contact monablaber@gmail.com if you’re interested.


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