Senate Bill 8 allowed the State to set environmental standards “more stringent” than federal law, a change from how the law is currently written to allow state regulations by “no more stringent” than policies enacted at the federal level.
It passed the
The move was in response to multiple rollbacks of federal environmental policy under the past administration of former-President
Upon signing SB 8,
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“This legislation allows the state to make sure our environmental laws are the best they can be for New Mexico,” she said. “We’ve seen the devastating effects of a federal administration that does not prioritize public health and the environment – now,
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“This important new law gives
When it takes effect in July, SB 8 would allow the State’s
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Under SB 8, agencies are no required to adopt regulations tougher than the federal government but are now allowed to establish stricter requirements as needed.
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“New Mexicans will now be empowered to make decisions about their own health, clean air and water. This legislation gives the
“We look forward to working with the department to advance regulations that meet the governor’s climate goals and cement nation-leading methane rules.”
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“Now that the Governor has signed this bill into law, the Environmental Improvement Board and the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Board will have the authority to adopt regulations that are more appropriate for New Mexico,” de Saillan said.
“And the boards are no longer obligated to roll back state air quality and hazardous waste regulations whenever the federal government rolls back its regulations, as has happened in recent years.”
Other recently signed environmental legislation was SB 112 to establish the
House Bill 76 was also signed to allow the Environmental Improvement Board to deny air quality permits to businesses like oil and gas operators with a history of non-compliance with environmental requirements.
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