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Making progress toward cleaner air

By Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, published in the Santa Fe New Mexican We have a clear win-win opportunity for New Mexican communities that experience the highest levels of air pollution, illness and asthma rates — if only we would listen to the communities themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency recently busted Volkswagen for cheating on [read more…]

NM’s Electric School Bus Advocates Seek VW Settlement Money

Roz Brown, Public News Service – NM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One in 11 New Mexico children suffers from asthma, and a state advocacy group says that’s a big reason the state should spend its windfall from the Volkswagen emissions scandal payout to outfit school districts with zero-emission electric buses. The comment period has opened for [read more…]

Local who attended last year’s board meeting recounts the conversation

By Pat Sheely, published in the Gallup Independent I would like to respond to a recent article in the Independent titled “Misunderstanding or disconnect?” that ran on March 29. Over a year ago, McKinley County residents asked the McKinley County Commission to support a three-year moratorium on uranium mining. I was at that meeting and [read more…]

Learn About Renewable Energy

By Amanda Martinez | The Rio Grande Sun The Second Annual Renewable Energy Festival, April 20-21, at Northern New Mexico College, will bring together local activists, professionals, educators, entertainers and the public, to learn about how they can move away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. The Festival will feature 12 educational seminars, free [read more…]

Community airs concerns about uranium contamination during Gallup forum

By Kathy Helms | Gallup Independent Cibola County Bureau GALLUP — Breathing heavily and leaning on the wheeled carrier for his oxygen tank, Leslie Begay of Coyote Canyon talked about the eight years he worked at the Old Churchrock Mine. “This is what it did to me. Everything we did, nobody told us nothing [read more…]

NM can use fund to buy electric school buses

By Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero | Published in the Albuquerque Journal We live in the Land of Enchantment, but the air we breathe isn’t always crisp and clean. In fact, Bernalillo County regularly gets failing grades for air quality from the American Lung Association, and we’re hearing from residents that poor air quality is directly [read more…]

Communities Rally to Help New Mexico’s Children

El Seminario En Espanol Concerned families, teachers and community leaders recently joined Juntos: Our Air, Our Water, a program of Conservation Voters New México Education Fund in partnership with Chispa, at a rally to pressure Governor Susana Martínez to transition from dirty diesel to clean, electric school buses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled with [read more…]

Feds delay rule on methane emissions

By Matthew Daly | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Interior Department said Thursday it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register delays the methane regulation until January 2019, saying the previous rule is overly [read more…]

Push for electric school buses in New Mexico

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Juntos: Our Air, Our Water’s event calling on Gov. Martinez to use Volkswagen Settlement funds to transition diesel school busese to electric, zero-emissions buses. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Members of the grass-roots organization Juntos: Our Air, Our Water held a rally Thursday to demand that New Mexico’s [read more…]

Group proposes using Volkswagen settlement money for new buses

By KRQE News 13 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is getting $18 million from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal and one group thinks it has the perfect plan on how to spend it — school buses. The organization Juntos and Conservation Voters Education Fund are proposing that the money be spent on replacing diesel school [read more…]