Helena May Appeal Air Permit Decision

Las Cruces – A Helena Chemical representative says the company is considering its options after state environmental officials earlier this week denied a request to operate a Mesquite facility without an air quality permit.

The state Environmental Improvement Board ruled Monday that the company needs a permit for its plant south of Las Cruces.

The vice president of Helena's southern business unit, Louis Rodrigue, told the Las Cruces Sun-News the company is disappointed with the decision. He says an appeal is possible but he didn't say for sure if Helena will take that course.

A group of Mesquite residents and environmental activists applauded the environmental board's decision.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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