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Ex-N.M. official given second ‘Toxic Turkey’ award

Lawyer Ryan Flynn got his first “Toxic Turkey” award in 2013 while head of the New Mexico Environment Department. He got his second award Sunday, four months after leaving government to become president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center bestowed the “Toxic Turkey” at its annual donor dinner. The award comes in the form of a skinned cartoon turkey on a platter. Santa Fe New Mexican

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12/06/2016 • Back to top


NMELC Honors Two for Protecting Water, Names One Toxic Turkey

Former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn becomes the first person to be twice awarded the Toxic Turkey

SANTA FE, N.M. — Two New Mexicans were honored by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center on Sunday for their extraordinary contributions to protecting New Mexico’s water; a third was named the first two-time recipient of the Toxic Turkey.

Beginning in 1992, NMELC has recognized people who make incredible contributions to protect New Mexico communities from becoming pollution dumping grounds.

The annual Toxic Turkey is given to draw attention to the actions of a person, agency or company whose actions have endangered New Mexico’s environment.  This is the second win for former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn.

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12/05/2016 • Back to top


NMELC beats 3rd attempt to throw out Santolina Appeal

NMELC and our clients beat a third attempt by developer Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH) to get our case thrown out of state District Court.

As you may know, WALH is proposing the massive 90,000-person Santolina development for the western edge of Albuquerque. The motion to dismiss (claiming that we had appealed under the wrong statute) was an odd one – WALH filed the motion after the case had been fully briefed and arguments heard by Judge Nancy Franchini. Our appeal of the “Level A” Master Plan approvals will proceed.

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12/01/2016 • Back to top


Long wait in Copper Rule court case not unusual

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which represents GRIP in the case, is waiting as patiently as it can on the ruling as well and hasn’t heard a peep.

“The Supreme Court will announce its opinion when it announces its opinion,” said Law Center Executive Director Doug Meiklejohn. “We don’t get any advance warning and there isn’t any deadline by which they must issue their opinion.” Silver City Daily Press

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11/17/2016 • Back to top


Douglas Meiklejohn Honored with Public Health Award

Douglas Meiklejohn
On November 17th, the Con Alma Health Foundation will recognize Douglas Meiklejohn, Executive Director and Founder of the Law Center, as one of its two “Heroes of Health” in 2016.

Doug is humbled by the award, noting that, “This award is special because it recognizes that the health and wellbeing of all New Mexicans depend on equal access to clean air, water and land.”

Under his direction, NMELC has advocated for communities and the environment on hundreds of issues, demonstrating through its many successes that communities can band together to fight polluters and greatly reduce the health threats they pose.

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11/16/2016 • Back to top


20 Years: The Crownpoint Case Origin Story

Reflections from Chris Shuey of the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC).

SRIC was aware that Uranium Resources, Inc. had filed an application for a “radioactive source materials license” with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and a groundwater discharge plan with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) as far back as 1987 because two executives brought applications to SRIC, thinking we would be impressed with their proposal.

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11/15/2016 • Back to top


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