Citizens Coalition Sues Governor In NM Supreme Court Over Printing Of New Dairy Rule

By Tracy Dingmann

Late today (Jan. 13) came news of the second suit filed in New Mexico Supreme Court against Gov. Susana Martinez over her move to halt printing of a regulation designed to protect New Mexicans from groundwater contamination.

What follows is the word, straight from the Citizens Coalition, a local group made up of Caballo Concerned Citizens, Citizens For Dairy Reform, Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, Food And Water Watch and Amigos Bravos:

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Citizens Coalition filed suit today in New Mexico Supreme Court against the State Governor, Susana Martinez, the Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, and the New Mexico State Records Administrator, in response to the move to halt printing of the adopted dairy regulation in the State Register. Papers were served on the above offices this afternoon.

The Citizens Coalition, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC), petitioned the court for a writ of mandamus to compel the Governor and NMED Secretary, F. David Martin, to comply with existing law, and to compel Sandra Jaramillo of the State Records Center to codify and publish the dairy regulation in the State Register.

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