WE WON! COURT REJECTS PLAN TO EXPAND NEW MEXICO COAL MINE!
A federal district judge in Colorado has rejected a 2012 Office of Surface Mining (OSM) plan to expand coal mining at the 13,000-acre Navajo Mine near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. Navajo and conservation groups, including Amigos Bravos, sued OSM in 2012 over the illegal plan, which would have allowed strip mining of 12.7 million tons of coal.
U.S. District Judge John L. Kane held that the OSM environmental assessment approving the 2012 expansion violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by ignoring harms resulting from the mine expansion, including toxic mercury pollution from burning the mined coal at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, one of the most polluting coal plants in the United States.
"With so many of New Mexico's lakes and reservoirs contaminated by mercury and other coal pollution, we are pleased that the court agreed that it is essential to take a serious look at the intertwined impacts of mining and burning coal," says Rachel Conn, Projects Director and Interim Executive Director of Amigos Bravos.
JOIN OUR EFFORTS TODAY
BY BECOMING A MEMBER OF
for more information, click on our website: