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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…]

Use funds to help our children breathe easier

By Yahaira Delfin / Albuquerque Resident | Albuquerque Journal My daughter Yisel suffers from very strong asthma attacks and when she has these episodes, we have to go to the emergency room. It is very difficult to see my daughter connected to oxygen, with so many wires, and they administer medicine and steroids every 15 minutes. [read more…]

Backpedal or misunderstanding?

Group says McKinley County broke promise to spearhead uranium task force By Christina Tsosie | Gallup Independent GALLUP — Two years ago, a health impact assessment was completed with funding from the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership. The Looking Within: A Health Impact Assessment of Uranium Mining yielded qualitative information about the impacts of legacy [read more…]

Conservation Group To Survey South Valley Again

Published in the ABQ Free Press Policy Recommendations Announced In August The Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund has spent two years surveying residents of the South Valley and Westgate neighborhoods to identify their environmental concerns. In the first survey in 2015, residents said air quality, or the lack of it, was their biggest concern. [read more…]

NM Environmental Fears Compounded by Trump’s Exit from Paris Accord

By Brett McPherson | Public News Service – NM SANTA FE, N.M. – President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will be leaving the international treaty known as the Paris Climate Agreement, and New Mexico conservation groups say they’re now more concerned than ever about the environment. The effects of pulling out of the [read more…]