NMED Approves 10-Year Permit for Camino Real Landfill (w/Document)

By Tracy Dingmann

Word comes from Santa Fe today that the New Mexico Environment Department has approved a 10-year permit for the Camino Real landfill in Sunland Park, N.M.

The decision by the Martinez Administration caps a decades-long struggle by the people of Sunland Park against the landfill, which takes in most of its trash from Mexico and the nearby Texas city of El Paso. People who live in the community say they don’t want the landfill in their midst and fear it has adversely affected their health. For more background on the landfill, go here.

Clearly New Mexico will have more information on the story, including comments from some of those involved, later today.

Here is a copy of the decision made today by Environment Secretary designee F. David Martin.

Camino Real Landfill Decision Delayed Once More

By Tracy Dingmann

Residents of Sunland Park will have to wait until Dec. 30 to find out whether the Camino Real landfill will continue to operate in their midst for another 10 years.

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s office announced last week that he will take until Dec. 30 to decide whether to grant a renewed permit for the sprawling New Mexico landfill, which takes in 90 percent of its trash from neighboring El Paso and nearby Mexican maquiladoras.

Residents of the small Southern New Mexico town have said they are concerned about quality of life issues and possible health concerns posed by the landfill’s proximity to a large underground aquifer used for drinking water.

An original decision on a ten-year permit for the landfill was supposed to be made earlier this year.

Decision on Sunland Park Landfill Imminent

By Tracy Dingmann

What’s going on these days in Sunland Park, N.M., home to the controversial Camino Real landfill/environmental park?

Last time we wrote, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry was scheduled to decide by Nov. 10 whether to grant the sprawling landfill a 10-year extension.

But earlier this month Curry announced that he would give himself up through Dec. 1 to issue a decision (that’s tomorrow.)

The Camino Real landfill (its owners call it an “environmental park”) sits near one of the largest aquifers in the Southwest and takes in 90 percent of its trash from Mexican maquiladoras and the nearby city of El Paso.

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