PRMC follow-up inspection planned

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Solid Waste Bureau is planning a follow-up inspection at Plains Regional Medical Center in March as part of its investigation into infectious waste found at the Clovis landfill. The inspection will take place sometime in March, according to a SWB inspection report obtained through a Freedom of Information […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Environment lesser issue to worry about

Freedom New Mexico Political and economic realities threaten the Obama administration and the European Union’s mutual quest to combat global warming. Temperatures aren’t helping much, either. Globally the warming trend effectively ended more than a decade ago. These inconvenient facts don’t bode well for December’s climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where campaigners against global warming […]

Point of contention

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. pulls the cap off a groundwater quality monitoring well beside the wastewater lagoon at his family’s dairy south of Portales. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department and dairy producers disagree on how dangerous dairies are to groundwater and what should […]

Environment department reaches settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater violations

(Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Environment Department reached a settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater discharge permit violations. The settlement resolves a compliance order the department issued on Nov. 3 to the owner of the dairy, Eddie Schaap. That order alleged that Schaap failed to install a monitoring well that […]

Hotel Clovis remediation agreement

New Mexico Environment Department Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the New Mexico Voluntary Remediation Regulations, the following proposed Voluntary Remediation Agreement has been submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department.

On the lookout

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Branden Marshall of the New Mexico Environment Department inspects everything at the restaurants he inspects including freezers, coolers, store rooms and bathrooms. Marshal marks notes on what he sees on a clipboard that is always in his hand. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda […]

Prosperity, growth improving our environment

Freedom New Mexico Here’s good news that may have escaped attention. The environment worldwide is getting better and better, largely because of economic growth, efficiency and innovation. So says the 2008 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, an annual report on worldwide air and water quality and climate change by the Pacific Research Institute, a San […]

State chapter joins group’s fight against plant location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A state chapter of a Hispanic rights group has joined the local fight to prevent an ethanol plant from being built in a mostly minority neighborhood. One of the legislative priorities of the League of United Latin American Citizens is gaining support to have the location of a proposed […]

Another hearing ordered for proposed ethanol plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A plan to build an ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis has met another obstacle. Environmental Improvement Board members voted 4 to 1 Monday to order the state Environment Department to hold a hearing within 60 days to take any new evidence on whether ConAgra Trade Group should […]