With the PRC’s decision on PNM’s replacement power plan just around the corner, we’re working to ensure they and New Mexicans have the factual information they need about the plan and what it means for New Mexico. Some have gone cherry-picking in search of environmental truth – but we’re hear to tell the whole story.
Myth: There is no cause for concern about air quality in New Mexico.
Fact: New Mexicans’ health is at risk due to air quality.
Few metropolitan areas in the country fall below EPA’s standards for particle pollution, including areas with several coal plants. Particle pollution does not represent as a pollutant associated with coal plants and it is only one of a long list of lethal pollutants emitted from smokestacks. Despite others’ attempt to spin the report, using the data to claim SJGS has a clean bill of health is an overstatement. Because of the way particle pollution travels with the wind, SJGS is probably contributing to health burdens far away from its original source.
SJGS is one of America’s largest single sources of harmful air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. The pollution from the San Juan coal plant is known to cause increased rates of asthma, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, birth defects and infant mortality. The cost to human health is estimated at $255 million a year, according to the Clean Air Task Force. Read the full Myths & Facts>>
Despite hundreds of calls and emails from conservationists across the state, Gov. Martinez failed to sign SB 391, which would have extended New Mexico’s solar tax credit. This after it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
Yet again, Gov. Martinez’s veto of SB 391 shows that she is out of step with the values of New Mexicans. The recent bipartisan Conservation in the West poll found that 62% of New Mexicans view renewable energy industries as one of the most important to the state’s future economy.
Tell Gov. Martinez that you expect her to support solar energy and all the environmental and health benefits that it provides to all New Mexicans. Tell her that you’re disappointed in her veto of SB 391.