Emissions Battle

New Mexico – The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday afternoon in a legal battle that has been brewing over an effort by an environmental group to establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico.

The state Environmental Improvement Board and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center are asking the justices to order a district court judge in Lovington to reverse an earlier decision that halted the effort.

The judge granted a preliminary injunction in April that prohibited the Environmental Improvement Board from continuing proceedings on New Energy Economy's petition for the emissions cap.

The regulatory panel argues the high court needs to hear the case because it raises questions about separation of powers and judicial interference in an administrative process.

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