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New Mexico Human Rights Hearings to be held on July 29 and 30

Albuquerque, N.M. – Communities across the state that are impacted by past uranium mining activities, cumulative air quality issues and other human rights abuses will testify before a panel of state and national social justice advocates as part of the New Mexico Human Rights Hearings. The hearings will take place onJuly 29th and 30th in Albuquerque and Gallup, and will provide an open forum for residents to recount personal incidents of human rights abuse. The hearings are part of broader national and international efforts to expand awareness around urgent human rights abuses in the United States.

Organized by the US Human Rights Network, (USHRN), in collaboration with local partners, the New Mexico Human Rights Hearings will strengthen human rights in New Mexico and the larger Southwest region. This action and advocacy is necessary – particularly in light of repeated accounts of racial discrimination when it comes to equal access to public health and access to clean water, air and land.

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07/24/2014 • Back to top


Local Groups Inform UN: US Falling Short on Eliminating Racial Discrimination

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has submitted two reports to the United Nations’ committee overseeing the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The reports, submitted on behalf of NMELC clients Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), describe instances in New Mexico where Federal and local governments disregarded or failed to uphold the human right to equal treatment under the law.

“There are communities here that have been waiting decades to be heard by the government agencies that are supposed to serve them,” says Eric Jantz, NMELC Staff Attorney. “Communities of color in New Mexico represent the majority of people who live in this state, yet these communities continue to be the least served when it comes to basic protection from toxic pollution.”

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07/18/2014 • Back to top


NMELC Files Reports with UN International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed the following Shadow Reports with the United Nations’ committee overseeing the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The reports, submitted on behalf of NMELC clients Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), describe instances in New Mexico where Federal and local governments disregarded or failed to uphold the human right to equal treatment under the law.

See MASE Shadow Report and SWOP Shadow Report.

07/03/2014 • Back to top


Pit rule challengers outline legal position

“The commission has not shown any legitimate reason for weakening the rule,” said Eric Jantz, the NMELC’s attorney. “The state testified it had no problems implementing the 2008 pit rule, and during the time that rule was in effect, there were no recorded instances of groundwater contamination from waste pits. The 2008 pit rule worked, so why was it changed?” Albuquerque Business First

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06/26/2014 • Back to top


Dairy industry and environmental groups clash on groundwater protections

New Mexico’s dairies are not small, mom-and-pop operations producing milk from a modest number of cows grazing on pastureland. Instead, the state’s approximately 150 dairies have a total of about 350,000 cows, with an average herd size just over 2,000 cows…there’s no pastureland to be had. Santa Fe Reporter

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06/25/2014 • Back to top


NMELC challenges Administration’s effort to put industry profits above water and public health

SANTA FE, N.M. — Today the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed its Reply Brief in an appeal against the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission’s weakening of the Pit Rule in 2013. The Pit Rule is a set of rules that were originally designed to regulate oil and gas well waste pits in order to protect public health and the environment. The NMELC, representing Earthwork’s Oil and Gas Accountability Project, asserts that the changes should be overturned on the grounds that the Commission’s action was based on no new data, and done solely to accommodate the oil and gas industry’s economic goals.

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06/25/2014 • Back to top


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