EPA & NMED Come to Settlement Agreement

EPA Reaches Informal Resolution of a Fifteen-Year-Old Civil Rights Complaint Against the New Mexico Environment Department EPA-NMED Civil Rights Settlement Agreement Fifteen years ago, three grassroots environmental groups and two individuals lodged a civil rights complaint against the New Mexico … Continue reading

Thirteen Years & Counting: Southeast New Mexico, Civil Rights and the EPA

Environmental Justice Denied The Center for Public Integrity has written a series of articles on the problems with EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). When civil rights complaints are filed with OCR about environmental discrimination, they are supposed to investigate every complaint … Continue reading

HOME – A Zine About Nuclear New Mexico

by Rachel Abeyta SACRIFICE ZONE: noun a geographic area that has been impaired by environmental damage or economic disinvestment, most commonly found in low-income and minority communities New Mexico is famous for being the home of the world’s first atomic bomb, … Continue reading

EPA Seeks to Impede Civil Rights

EPA is Trying to Gut their Own Regulations EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has proposed to make multiple changes to its current regulations and procedures. Almost all of these will weaken the agency’s ability to provide effective civil rights … Continue reading

Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation By Journal Staff on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 Don’t let Strathmore Minerals Mine Uranium in N.M. By Candace Head-Dylla In a June 22 op-ed column published in the Journal, John DeJoia of Strathmore Minerals refers … Continue reading

Ionizing Radiation and Health

Red, blue and yellow light are low energy forms of radiation. Ionizing radiation, however, damages health because of its very high energy. In delicate living cells, ionizing radiation damages molecules by knocking electrons out of their atomic orbits. Usually–but not … Continue reading

Southeast New Mexico’s Nuclear Corridor

John Heaton, a former New Mexico state representative, made a presentation entitled SE NM’s Nuclear Corridor: Now and Future on June 12th, 2012 to the NRC’s Fuel Cycle Information Exchange (FCIX). During the presentation he discussed sites in the “corridor” (WIPP, URENCO and … Continue reading

The Coal Cycle in Northwest New Mexico

The San Juan River Basin provides the majority of drinking water for the surrounding area. Surface water and groundwater are contaminated during the extraction of coal, its subsequent preparation and the disposal of mine waste if no mitigating measures are used. In New Mexico … Continue reading

Nuclear Cycle Contamination in New Mexico

New Mexico has a unique combination of many aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to uranium enrichment for nuclear power; weapons manufacturing to weapons testing; deconversion and testing of depleted uranium; storage and disposal of nuclear waste; and finally nuclear and chemical contamination of the water, air, land and people. Continue reading

Uranium Mining & Milling in Western New Mexico

Uranium Mining & Milling Regional aquifers, springs and small rivers provide water for this area. Groundwater and soil in the Churchrock area are threatened and contaminated. More uranium mining is being proposed in the Grants uranium-mining belt. Some of the corporations proposing new uranium … Continue reading