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PRC approves damaging changes to renewables rule

Solar - City of Santa Fe - 1 MW © DVW

For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2014

Rio Grande Chapter statement on PRC decision to make damaging change to cost calculations in renewables rule

SANTA FE, NM - The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday voted to make a damaging change to the rule that enforces New Mexico’s renewable-energy law.

Counsel Rick Blumenfeld deceptively told the commission that his recommendation addressed concerns of commenters and failed to tell the commission that most commenters had reached a consensus to keep the current rule intact.


N.M. Environment Department stops enforcing water safeguards for dairies

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By Michael Jensen, Amigos Bravos, and Dan Lorimier 03/24/14

When the Martinez Administration’s Water Quality Control Commission compromised public health and the environment by adopting the Copper Rule in September, it also created an alarming precedent to allow pollution of the state’s groundwater rather than requiring prevention of pollution.

The dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar treatment, petitioning the commission to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation.

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What it's like living next to a dairy

Jana Hughes

By Jana Hughes 03/21/14
As a rural resident living in an agricultural area for the majority of my life, I have spent many of those years living near a large-scale industrial dairy operation in the southeastern quadrant of the state.
Industrial confinement dairies produce massive amounts of manure because they confine thousands of animals on too little land. The untreated waste often migrates off-site and into the groundwater and the air I breathe. Land surrounding my home is used to dispose of the manure, bringing the untreated waste even closer to my home.


Science panel rejects Fish and Wildlife wolf plan

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair 03/28/14

The saga and shame of the proposal to delist wolves from endangered-species protection wears on.
Wolves have already been delisted by an act of Congress in the three northern Rockies states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the three Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last year, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove wolves from the Endangered Species list nationwide (excluding Mexican wolves) based on a reclassification of the species Canis lupus.


Pajarito Group meetings and events

04/06/14
Meetings: Our open meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in UNMLA, Building 200, Room 203.
May 7: Chick Keller on Climate Change
It has been well established that human-caused emission of greenhouse gases is warming our world.
In the past few years, new work focuses on ascertaining just how much warming Earth can expect.
In addition, an increasing number of studies are trying to determine whether recent weather extremes — floods, hurricanes, droughts, extremes of warm or cold, etc. — can be attributed to a warming climate.

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Progress on the Los Alamos Ban the Bag campaign

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By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group, newsletter editor, 04/06/14
After its inaugural event on Jan. 15, the Pajarito Group’s Bag Ban effort is progressing and expanding.
Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman is training members from the Pajarito Group and multiple other organizations, including PEEC, the League of Women Voters and the community at large, to become focused activists.


Join the team! Volunteer web editor needed

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is looking for a web editor — someone who can update the website and add events, stories, action alerts and other items.
The commitment is only a few hours a month, but it makes a big difference to our communications efforts. Please contact monablaber@gmail.com if you’re interested.


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks supporters deliver 15,000 petitions

Organ Mountains petition signers Dustin Chavez-Davis

By Dustin Chavez-Davis
Our Wild America
The campaign to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico is gaining momentum following a visit to the area in late January from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and delivery of 15,000 petition signatures asking President Obama to designate the monument.


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