Martinez Halts Envrionmental Rules

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is making good on campaign promises to drop new regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions by canceling their planned publication in the state register.

Officials at the state Environment Department made the request to keep the rules from being published.

A state records official confirmed Wednesday that he has received the request and the rules will not be published.

The move is being criticized by environmental groups and lawyers who spent the past two years debating the merits of the rules before state regulators. They contend the administration is circumventing the law.

The administration says canceling the publication is necessary to comply with an executive order halting all pending regulations by executive agencies to determine whether they hurt businesses in New Mexico.

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