A Win for Clean Water!
“The ruling is a great victory for clean water and the people of New Mexico. The court has ensured that the public's concerns must be heard before discharges of pollution into our states waters are authorized.”
-- Rachel Conn, Projects Director, Amigos Bravos
Please read the official press release or this article in the Santa Fe New Mexican Communities for Clean Water, a coalition of six organizations of which Amigos Bravos is proud to be a member, recently sued the Groundwater Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environmental Department for denying a public hearing regarding a discharge permit application submitted by Los Alamos National Labs.
Joni Arends, of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, part of the Communities for Clean Water coation, said, "This is an important decision about the public's right to a hearing on a groundwater discharge permit. We look forward to presenting our concerns about the land application of up to 350,000 gallons of ‘treated’ chromium water on the floodplains of Mortandad Canyon, requirements for soil sampling, and whether the annual submittal of workplans should be considered permit modification requests at a public hearing."