Monday, February 15, 2010

House defeats pollution provision bill (HB 259)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Local News in Brief

Feb. 15th, 2010

"A proposal that would give private citizens the power to go after polluters who violate certain New Mexico environmental laws has been rejected by the House.

The legislation would have amended the Environmental Improvement Act, the Water Quality Act and the Oil and Gas Act to allow for a person to go to court to demand that polluters comply with state laws spelled out by the three acts.

The measure also would allow citizens to file civil actions against state agencies if they fail to enforce the laws.

The House defeated the measure on a 34-32 vote over the objections of lawmakers who argued the proposal would open the door to frivolous lawsuits.

Critics also were concerned that environmental groups would be able to bring suits under the proposal."

HB 259 to be heard by the House

Update: HB 259 Support the private right to enforce environmental statutes

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