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Sierra Club Seeks Cleanup of Open-Pit Coal Ash Dump

Coal Waste

Dec 2009 - The Sierra Club today put the San Juan Coal Company on notice for failing to properly dispose of millions of tons of toxic coal ash and scrubber sludge each year. The San Juan Coal Company has dumped more than 40 million tons of coal combustion waste containing pollutants like arsenic, lead, and mercury into massive unlined pits at the San Juan Mine, about 10 miles west of Farmington.


State Sets Hearing for Dairy Regulations

Roughly two-thirds of New Mexico’s 150 or so dairy CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are polluting our groundwater with leaky lagoons, inadequate storm-water runoff control, and overapplication of dairy-cow effluent to fields, according to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).The next Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) public meeting will convene at 9:00a.m., Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, in State Capitol Building Room 307, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The DRAFT Agenda for that meeting will be made available on the WQCC website 10 days in advance. http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wqcc/.

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Sierra Club Testifies to Clean up Coal Combustion Waste

At the request of the Sierra Club, on September 17 the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held an informal conference in Farmington to consider issues raised by Sierra Club regarding the renewal of the mining permit for the San Juan Mine. The Sierra Club testified that concentrations of lead, selenium, arsenic, cadmium, boron, sulfates, and chlorides have been increasing to levels above drinking water standards in the shallow gravel aquifer underneath the Shumway arroyo, which drains the western perimeter of the San Juan Mine.


Groups Unite to Restore Santa Fe River and Help the Homeless

Santa Fe River - JB

The Santa Fe Watershed Association launched the Adopt-the-River program a decade ago, and the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club was among the first stewards to sign up. In cooperation with the City of Santa Fe, the Watershed Association organized stewards to adopt a section of the river, keep it clear of trash, and help to reestablish native vegetation.


The Water Grab on the Augustin Plains

San Augustin

January 2009 - A water well application has been submitted to the New Mexico State Engineer’s office by Augustin Ranch LLC, which owns land near Datil at the north end of the Plains. The plan calls for drilling 37 wells with 20-inch well casings to a depth of 3,000 feet in order to pump out 54,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Augustin Plains aquifer. That is over 17 billion gallons that would be removed annually.

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Let’s Think Outside the Bottle: The Threat of Water Privatization

The wars of tomorrow may be fought over access to clean water, the World Bank predicts, as the number of people across the planet without enough safe and affordable drinking water is an estimated 1.4 billion and rising. This growing inequality in water access could mean that within two decades two-thirds of the world’s population could be without enough clean water, according to United Nations estimates.


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