Martinez Administration wants to weaken water quality rules
GRIP, Amigos Bravos, & NMELC challenge harmful rollbacks
The New Mexico Environment Department has proposed amendments to the state’s water quality regulations that will weaken protections for our surface and groundwater.
As a parting gift to industry polluters, the Martinez Administration wants to make the following revisions to state water quality rules which GRIP and its partners oppose:
- Create discharge permit “amendments” to allow changes in requirements for monitoring, reporting, sampling and analysis, closure plan, containment system(s), pollution control unit(s) and sewerage system(s) requirements without public notice.
- Leave off the list of toxic pollutants in NMAC 20.6.2 harmful pollutants regulated by EPA and California.
- Enact standards that could expose ten times as many people to cancer risk than EPA and states that are more serious about water protection and public health.
- Allow lifetime variances from water quality regulations that would allow industry to pollute for the life of a facility rather than provide an incentive to reduce contamination.
NMED’s petition goes before the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on November 14. We’ll keep you posted on the proceeding.