Lone dissenting vote on copper rule resigns from water panel

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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 9:45 pm

The only member of a New Mexico regulatory commission who voted last month against a controversial copper mining rule resigned Monday.

Doug Bland, a geologist with New Mexico Tech, cited work-related reasons for stepping down from the state Water Quality Control Commission and the Mining Commission, which he chaired.

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  • Dr Shirleyann Amos posted at 7:25 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    DrSamAmos Posts: 1

    Having a clean energy future isn’t what Governor Martinez and her administration has in mind for the state of New Mexico! Governor Martinez and her administration cares nothing about improving the environment, strengthening energy security, enhancing fuel diversity, or increasing electricity cost control.
    Clean energy is also about generating more jobs! Strong renewable energy policies, we have shown, could lead to many more net jobs than the old-energy pathways like coal and oil.
    Mine experts say the number of fatalities has decreased considerably since the early 20th Century; there has been no shortage of tragic mining accidents in recent years. Although there are no accurate figures, estimates suggest such accidents kill about 12,000 people a year. It is not the kind of job New Mexican’s should take or want!
    While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not yet classified copper as a carcinogen to humans, questions remain regarding its safety and long term effects in humans. It is not known at what levels copper exposure may affect births. In animals, copper exposure is believed to cause a decrease in fetal growth.
    Breathing in copper can cause irritation to your nose and throat. If you ingest copper orally, it may cause: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, liver damage, kidney damage, and death. Individuals who work in copper mines or in a plant where copper is processed into brass or bronze are also at a high risk for exposure to dangerous levels of copper!

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 8:02 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 456

    “It is critical to New Mexico’s future that bodies like the EIB make thoughtful decisions based on science and common sense rather than political whims that circumvent the will of the people,” Martinez said. Hard to believe those words came out of her mouth. Of course, her science book says that the earth is 6,000 years old....

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 638

    Having sat tru most of the public hearing when the "dreadful" new copper rule was being discussed can only say what a sham it was including it's politically pre-determined decision which amounted to little more than rubber stamping a PERMIT TO POLLUTE by the current Martinez Administration. Most of the time was wasted in bogged down and mind boggling "legal-ese" with a noticable and by design, lack of unbiased experts and facts based on hard science. And what was presented; a full court SELL OUT by our very own Environment Department. In essence very much a kangaroo-hearing and gift to the mining industry and a gutting of our 34 year old rules and regulations that protect our water ! And that will be constitutiionally overturned next round I am sure.


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