Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Environment Dept. Cuts Public Comment Period.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

Response Time For Permits Now 30 Days

The public will have less time to comment on proposed permits for companies that emit air pollution under new regulations approved by the state Environmental Improvement Board.

The board voted unanimously at a hearing Friday to change the public comment period.

"This hearing basically was a loss for the public," said Lynda Taylor of the New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance.

State and industry officials said the change was needed to meet deadlines for issuing new permits.

Before the change was made, the public could comment within 45 days after the Environment Department completed an analysis of a permit application. …

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