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We can’t do this work without your support. Call Shelbie Knox or Elizabeth Lee in our Development Department to commemorate the Law Center’s 25 years of victories with a tax deductible contribution. 505.989.9022

1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5 | Santa Fe, NM 87505 |

Over 25 years theLawCenterhasworked on

nmelc.org

What we’ve worked on

more than

Water Quality and Quantity

250 CASES

15%

we have represented more than 150 organizations in 175 COMMUNITIES

Uranium Mining

TM

Historically

13%

Hardrock Mining

13%

most frequently represented

clients &allies

Air Quality

10%

Amigos Bravos SierraClub Southwest Research and

Information Center SouthWest Organizing Project Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining Gila Resources Information Project Oil & Gas Accountability Project Native Lands Institute 1000 Friends of New Mexico

of our clients have been from Native American communities (grassroots groups or tribal governments) or Hispanic communities.

Public Lands

10%

TheMission

San Ildefonso Pueblo Taos Pueblo Wilderness Society Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety Haaku Water Office of Acoma Pueblo Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club

Oil and Gas Drilling

Caballo Concerned Citizens Citizens of Sunland Park

8%

We have represented these clients three times or more, in descending order of frequency.

Better Government

6%

Representation by County

Solid Waste

8%

OTHER: Dairies, Landfills, Energy, Air Traffic, LANL

of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center is to protect New Mexico's natural environment and achieve environmental justice for New Mexico's communities through legal representation, policy advocacy and public education.

17%

Number of cases per county since 1987 1–3

11–16

4 –10

24–31

No site-specific cases; affected by State level regulations that we have helped enact.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit law firm. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

New Mexico

Enviro nmen tal L aw C e nt e r


A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR

DouglasMeiklejohn 1987 Law Center opens its doors.

Red Mutton Hunt 1988 Sheep rejoice! We prevent sheep hunt in Lincoln National Forest.

Taos Airport 1994 – ongoing

Pit Rule 2006–ongoing

Our longest-running active case; we are working with Taos Pueblo to protect its culture and iconic architecture from an airport expansion.

We helped win– and now we are defending – the best oil and gas drilling waste regulation in the nation.

Freeport McMoRan mines 1998– ongoing We remain the state's leading

Dog Canyon Landfill 1992–1994 We shut down this landfill that sought to expand near a water supply.

public interest law firm working to protect water from mining pollution.

Timber Sales 1988–1993

Augustin Plains water grab 2008–ongoing We are winning the fight against massive water speculation in New Mexico.

Before 1994, we helped protect 200,000 acres of national forest and 35mbf of timber.

Valle Vidal 2004–2005 NM Mining Act 1992–1993 Sunland Park incinerator 1991 After we shut down the incinerator, we focused on working with communities.

We helped win one of the best mining laws in the U.S. We’ve worked to advocate for cleanup of nearly every major mine in New Mexico since then.

Crownpoint Uranium Project 1996 – ongoing We continue to work with the people of Church Rock and Crownpoint to defend them from new uranium mining.

Galisteo Basin oil & gas drilling 2007–2008 Navajo Uranium Ban 2004–2005 Helped win ban on new mining in Navajo communities.

Dairy Regs 2009– ongoing

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center opened its (donated) doors in 1987. Then, our goal was to fight for our state’s beautiful public lands. But it didn’t stay that way for long. In 1990, we worked with residents in Sunland Park to shut down a medical waste incinerator in their neighborhood. The incinerator spewed thick, black smoke; when it ran, the neighborhood smelled like burning flesh.

We helped win rules that protect our state's groundwater from industrial dairies. Now we are defending the regulations.

Ortiz Gold Mine 1993–2002 Solid Waste Act 1989–1990 New Mexico’s water is protected from landfill contamination, thanks to this law.

We have been the environmental attorneys for New Mexico’s communities ever since. We would not be here without our supporters. Your investment in the Law Center has resulted in cleaner air and water, healthier people, and the protection of very special places. You make it possible to take on our state’s toughest environmental cases, worst polluters, and most entrenched decision-makers. Thank you. We look forward to working with you for a clean, safe, healthy New Mexico for decades to come!

Doug Meiklejohn in Crownpoint, NM, 2002

We negotiated the transfer of land that became the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens' Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.

Oglebay Norton mica mine 1997– 2008 We helped return sacred lands to the people of Picuris Pueblo.

Supreme Court victories 2011 The landmark state Supreme Court ruling in this case requires the Solid Waste Bureau to take into account public input – not just record it.

Center has worked on and off to ensure that Los Alamos Nat'l Lab is properly cleaned up.

1987

1993

We successfully challenged our biggest corporations and most powerful decision-makers in our state's highest court.

Chaparral Landfill amicus 2004-2007

Los Alamos National Lab 1995– ongoing For twenty years, the Law

It was awful. It was a fight that needed a good lawyer. During that effort, we saw the real results that can come when engaged communities work with public-interest attorneys. (In that case, we permanently shut down the incinerator.)

We helped win strong community protections that kept oil and gas drilling out of the Galisteo Basin.

1997

2004

2012

Justice for the Environment

Safeguarding the Sacred

Counsel for Communities

Speaking Truth to Power

Fighting for the Future

Our first case was to protect the Mexican gray wolf. Subsequent work on behalf of public lands included our effort to safeguard over 200,000 acres of public forests from logging, to prevent overgrazing and to protect the beautiful Valle Vidal.

For 20 years, Native groups and acequia associations have turned to the Law Center for help when their sacred places have been threatened by development and industry. From Mount Taylor to Taos Pueblo to acequias in northern New Mexico, we protect what is important to New Mexico’s indigenous communities.

The Law Center remains the only non-profit law firm in New Mexico to focus almost exclusively on helping neighbors and grassroots groups – particularly those from vulnerable communities–advocate for a clean healthy, environment.

We spend as much time wrangling decision-makers as we spend fighting polluters. On behalf of our clients, we have challenged local, county, state and federal regulators and officials in an effort to make decision-making more open and transparent to residents, and more protective of the environment.

The law is a critical tool in the work to protect what is important and special to our state: cultural traditions and sacred places; the health of our people; the quality of our water, air and land. It is important to us today, and important to generations of New Mexicans to come.

COVER Photo: Rio Chama Valley by Kirt Kempter


A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR

DouglasMeiklejohn 1987 Law Center opens its doors.

Red Mutton Hunt 1988 Sheep rejoice! We prevent sheep hunt in Lincoln National Forest.

Taos Airport 1994 – ongoing

Pit Rule 2006–ongoing

Our longest-running active case; we are working with Taos Pueblo to protect its culture and iconic architecture from an airport expansion.

We helped win– and now we are defending – the best oil and gas drilling waste regulation in the nation.

Freeport McMoRan mines 1998– ongoing We remain the state's leading

Dog Canyon Landfill 1992–1994 We shut down this landfill that sought to expand near a water supply.

public interest law firm working to protect water from mining pollution.

Timber Sales 1988–1993

Augustin Plains water grab 2008–ongoing We are winning the fight against massive water speculation in New Mexico.

Before 1994, we helped protect 200,000 acres of national forest and 35mbf of timber.

Valle Vidal 2004–2005 NM Mining Act 1992–1993 Sunland Park incinerator 1991 After we shut down the incinerator, we focused on working with communities.

We helped win one of the best mining laws in the U.S. We’ve worked to advocate for cleanup of nearly every major mine in New Mexico since then.

Crownpoint Uranium Project 1996 – ongoing We continue to work with the people of Church Rock and Crownpoint to defend them from new uranium mining.

Galisteo Basin oil & gas drilling 2007–2008 Navajo Uranium Ban 2004–2005 Helped win ban on new mining in Navajo communities.

Dairy Regs 2009– ongoing

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center opened its (donated) doors in 1987. Then, our goal was to fight for our state’s beautiful public lands. But it didn’t stay that way for long. In 1990, we worked with residents in Sunland Park to shut down a medical waste incinerator in their neighborhood. The incinerator spewed thick, black smoke; when it ran, the neighborhood smelled like burning flesh.

We helped win rules that protect our state's groundwater from industrial dairies. Now we are defending the regulations.

Ortiz Gold Mine 1993–2002 Solid Waste Act 1989–1990 New Mexico’s water is protected from landfill contamination, thanks to this law.

We have been the environmental attorneys for New Mexico’s communities ever since. We would not be here without our supporters. Your investment in the Law Center has resulted in cleaner air and water, healthier people, and the protection of very special places. You make it possible to take on our state’s toughest environmental cases, worst polluters, and most entrenched decision-makers. Thank you. We look forward to working with you for a clean, safe, healthy New Mexico for decades to come!

Doug Meiklejohn in Crownpoint, NM, 2002

We negotiated the transfer of land that became the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens' Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.

Oglebay Norton mica mine 1997– 2008 We helped return sacred lands to the people of Picuris Pueblo.

Supreme Court victories 2011 The landmark state Supreme Court ruling in this case requires the Solid Waste Bureau to take into account public input – not just record it.

Center has worked on and off to ensure that Los Alamos Nat'l Lab is properly cleaned up.

1987

1993

We successfully challenged our biggest corporations and most powerful decision-makers in our state's highest court.

Chaparral Landfill amicus 2004-2007

Los Alamos National Lab 1995– ongoing For twenty years, the Law

It was awful. It was a fight that needed a good lawyer. During that effort, we saw the real results that can come when engaged communities work with public-interest attorneys. (In that case, we permanently shut down the incinerator.)

We helped win strong community protections that kept oil and gas drilling out of the Galisteo Basin.

1997

2004

2012

Justice for the Environment

Safeguarding the Sacred

Counsel for Communities

Speaking Truth to Power

Fighting for the Future

Our first case was to protect the Mexican gray wolf. Subsequent work on behalf of public lands included our effort to safeguard over 200,000 acres of public forests from logging, to prevent overgrazing and to protect the beautiful Valle Vidal.

For 20 years, Native groups and acequia associations have turned to the Law Center for help when their sacred places have been threatened by development and industry. From Mount Taylor to Taos Pueblo to acequias in northern New Mexico, we protect what is important to New Mexico’s indigenous communities.

The Law Center remains the only non-profit law firm in New Mexico to focus almost exclusively on helping neighbors and grassroots groups – particularly those from vulnerable communities–advocate for a clean healthy, environment.

We spend as much time wrangling decision-makers as we spend fighting polluters. On behalf of our clients, we have challenged local, county, state and federal regulators and officials in an effort to make decision-making more open and transparent to residents, and more protective of the environment.

The law is a critical tool in the work to protect what is important and special to our state: cultural traditions and sacred places; the health of our people; the quality of our water, air and land. It is important to us today, and important to generations of New Mexicans to come.

COVER Photo: Rio Chama Valley by Kirt Kempter


We can’t do this work without your support. Call Shelbie Knox or Elizabeth Lee in our Development Department to commemorate the Law Center’s 25 years of victories with a tax deductible contribution. 505.989.9022

1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5 | Santa Fe, NM 87505 |

Over 25 years theLawCenterhasworked on

nmelc.org

What we’ve worked on

more than

Water Quality and Quantity

250 CASES

15%

we have represented more than 150 organizations in 175 COMMUNITIES

Uranium Mining

TM

Historically

13%

Hardrock Mining

13%

most frequently represented

clients &allies

Air Quality

10%

Amigos Bravos SierraClub Southwest Research and

Information Center SouthWest Organizing Project Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining Gila Resources Information Project Oil & Gas Accountability Project Native Lands Institute 1000 Friends of New Mexico

of our clients have been from Native American communities (grassroots groups or tribal governments) or Hispanic communities.

Public Lands

10%

TheMission

San Ildefonso Pueblo Taos Pueblo Wilderness Society Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety Haaku Water Office of Acoma Pueblo Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club

Oil and Gas Drilling

Caballo Concerned Citizens Citizens of Sunland Park

8%

We have represented these clients three times or more, in descending order of frequency.

Better Government

6%

Representation by County

Solid Waste

8%

OTHER: Dairies, Landfills, Energy, Air Traffic, LANL

of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center is to protect New Mexico's natural environment and achieve environmental justice for New Mexico's communities through legal representation, policy advocacy and public education.

17%

Number of cases per county since 1987 1–3

11–16

4 –10

24–31

No site-specific cases; affected by State level regulations that we have helped enact.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit law firm. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

New Mexico

Enviro nmen tal L aw C e nt e r

NMELC 25th Anniversary Brochure  

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is celebrating 25 years of victories throughout 2013.