Regional
9:00 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Martinez Removes All Members of Environmental Improvement Board

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez has taken aim at the controversial Environmental Improvement Board.

Her office announced late Tuesday that she's removing all members currently serving on the board, which recently approved greenhouse gas cap-and-trade regulations that would impact power plants and other large polluters across New Mexico.

Martinez's office contends the board moved forward with the regulations after state lawmakers rejected the proposal during the legislative process.

Supporters contend the board went through an exhaustive public process before approving the regulations.

In a statement, Martinez says New Mexico has suffered from anti-business policies and that the EIB made it clear it was more interested in advancing political ideology than implementing commonsense policies.


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