New Mexico: No Conflict Of Interest In Emissions Case

New Mexico – The New Mexico Attorney General's Office has dismissed allegations that some of the state regulators considering whether to adopt new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions have a conflict of interest.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Vigil says he talked with members of the state Environmental Improvement Board. He concluded that none of them have financial interests that would warrant their disqualification under the Governmental Conduct Act from hearing the two emissions proposals pending before the board.

Vigil made the comments in a letter to Republican Rep. William Gray of Artesia. Gray and the New Mexico House GOP caucus had asked the attorney general to investigate.

There had been rumblings for months about whether some of the regulators were too closely aligned with environmental interests.

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