Repeal Of NM Building Codes Sparks Legal Fight

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Two environmental groups, a home builder, two businesses and several individuals are going to court over a recent decision by a state commission to repeal New Mexico's energy efficient building codes.

The appeal was filed Monday in the Court of Appeals on behalf of the groups by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

The state Construction Industries Commission in June negated the codes that former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration had spent 14 months putting in place. At the time, the measures were touted as the most stringent in the nation.

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration argued that the codes were too costly for property owners and developers to implement.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center contends that the commission repealed the codes without having any supporting evidence for its action.

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