(2011-01-13)"SANTA FE (KSFR) -
A Republican state senator has filed legislation seeking to review and possibly discard environmental rules and regulations. KSFR is reporting this first and has first reaction from State Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe and from Sandy Buffett, executive director, New Mexico Conservation Voters. She calls it a "polluter's bill of rights."
The bill (SB 91) by State Sen. Clint Harden would call for all environmental rules to be the subject of public hearings on whether they harm business. If a hearing cannot be held within six months, the legislation would require that the rule be taken off the books entirely.
The issue comes up as the governor's administration looks to overturn carbon emissions caps on big industrial polluters.
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