NM to receive $18M in Volkswagen Settlement Funds

By: July 24, 2017 7:30 pm
NM to receive $18M in Volkswagen Settlement Funds

SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is set to receive about $18 million dollars in settlement funds following resolution of the Volkswagen court case. The case involved more than 500,000 vehicles that Volkswagen installed electronics allowing cars to pass emissions tests while the vehicle actually emitted up to […]

Earth Guardians in NM for Training Youth Activism

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, youth director for Earth Guardians, leads a rally in Boulder, Colo. (Earth Guardians)

TAOS, N.M. — At a nature site near Taos, 25 young people from across the country are training with Earth Guardians to learn skills the group says might be needed to save the planet. Earth Guardians started as an accredited high school in Hawaii in 1992 to promote environmental awareness […]

Federal Court Allows Delay on Pesticide Ban

By: July 20, 2017 12:30 pm
Critics of the Regulatory Accountability Act say it would remove health protections for food and other everyday consumables, putting people at greater risk of illness. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

NEW YORK – Today a federal appeals court refused to order the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. In late 2016 the EPA said in a report that exposure to chlorpyrifos, a pesticide chemically related to Sarin nerve gas, puts children, farm workers and the […]

NM Nat’l. Monuments Remain Under Threat from Interior Dept.

By: July 17, 2017 2:51 pm
President Barack Obama designated the 240,000 acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in 2013, but its size could shrink dramatically under a U.S. Interior Department review. (Bureau of Land Management)

TAOS — New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments could shrink dramatically if their protected status is removed or their size is reduced, and the decisions could come by late August. A report from Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee warns that could mean […]

Nuclear Watchdogs Skeptical of Los Alamos Lab Safety

By: July 14, 2017 9:13 pm
The Los Alamos National Laboratory says it's working to resolve recent safety gaffes, but a nuclear watchdog group says more changes are needed. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Los Alamos National Laboratory says firing workers and putting stricter controls in place are only the first steps it’s taking to protect the public as it prepares to accelerate production of a key plutonium component for the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. The Los Alamos lab has […]

NM Groups Urge EPA to Enforce Methane-Waste Rule

By: July 11, 2017 9:14 am
NM Groups Urge EPA to Enforce Methane-Waste Rule

ALBUQUERQUE – The Environmental Protection Agency got some push-back from folks in New Mexico and other states at a hearing in the nation’s capital on Monday. The agency wants to delay a new methane-emission rule for the oil and gas industry on federal land – although methane leaked at well […]

Pioneering Study: Climate Change Will Magnify Economic Inequality

By: July 10, 2017 8:21 am
A new study says states like New Mexico stand to lose population and economic clout if air pollution goes unchecked and the planet continues to warm. (Ed Williams/Public Health New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The poorest counties in the Southwestern states could suffer as climate change forces people and assets to move away from the nation’s hottest regions into more temperate areas – and scientists project economic inequality will increase as the planet warms. Rutgers University Professor Robert Kopp, co-author […]

NM Group Slams TrumpCare Bill Ahead of Senate Debate

By: July 7, 2017 1:28 pm
NM Group Slams TrumpCare Bill Ahead of Senate Debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – Senate GOP leaders won’t return to Washington, D. C., until Monday to renew debate on the replacement for Obamacare. That hasn’t stopped opponents of the proposed bill from protesting, in New Mexico and cities across the country, this week. In Albuquerque on Thursday, Bill Jordan with […]

Nuke Dump Gets Revival From House Committee

By: July 5, 2017 11:26 pm
Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into […]

Preserving DACA Proves Little Relief to NM Immigrants

By: June 26, 2017 4:36 pm
Preserving DACA Proves Little Relief to NM Immigrants

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It’s been more than a week since President Donald Trump said he won’t seek deportation for the young people known as Dreamers brought to the U.S. as children – but not much has changed to give hope to immigrant families in New Mexico. Trump’s decision to […]