NM Panel Reconsiders Greenhouse Gas Rule

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Winter weather has stalled the latest hearing on whether New Mexico should uphold regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions around the state.

The state Environmental Improvement Board began taking testimony Monday in Santa Fe. The board decided to suspend the hearing and cancel an evening public comment session due to the weather.

Barring any more inclement weather, the board plans to resume its work Tuesday morning.

The hearing is the second in as many months regarding emissions rules that were adopted last year.

This time, the panel is considering a petition to repeal the cap rule first proposed by the environmental group New Energy Economy.

Critics contend the rules will have a negative impact on New Mexico's economy. New Energy Economy executive director Mariel Nanasi argues that energy prices won't increase.

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