Public Safety

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA

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Man Charged In 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury in Albuquerque returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
 
Arellano had previously been arrested and indicted on additional charges in the District of New Jersey pertaining

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Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v. City of Albuquerque, was filed on behalf of prisoners in the Bernalillo County Detention Center in 1995, and focuses on overcrowding and other issues in the county


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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Meets June 7

DNFSB News:

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is holding a hear beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

The hearing goal is to gather information on:

  • Risk associated with current and future Plutonium Facility inventory levels;
  • Actions taken by the NNSA and LANL to address opportunities identified by the Board to minimize material-at-risk,
  • Actions to reduce facility risk for long-term operations; and
  • Adequacy and status of safety systems to support current and long-term operations.

The hearing is open to the public.


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Udall Questions GAO, Administration Witnesses On ‘High Risk’ Designation For Indian Programs

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent “High Risk” designation of programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service.
 
Noting that Tribal communities “have long reported” management challenges and funding barriers at these agencies, Udall said that the GAO’s “High Risk” designation

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