Items by Tony Davis
Molycorp in Mew Mexico comes under fire from Concerned Citizens Del Norte for polluting the Red River.
A bitter, five-year congressional fight over the world's first engineered nuclear waste dump has been settled in time-honored fashion: in the back room.
Chaco Canyon is a battleground, with tourists, environmentalists, business interests and Navajos jousting over whether to build a paved road to a park now served only by dirt roads.
The marriage of progress and preservation on the 460,000-acre Mescalero reservation is threatening to crack. Tribal leaders were first in the nation to agree to study temporary storage of high-level radioactive waste from power plants.
In a Navajo community of 1,000 just west of the New Mexico state line, many families are trying to cope with the loss of loved ones and the sight of numerous others slowly dying from lung cancer.
Southwestern cities are famous for drawing down their aquifers. But Albuquerque, New Mexico, may exhaust its aquifer while still leaving it in the ground.
The fight over the federal Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is in a stalemate.
Many agree that Lujan won't have the aggressive hostility to conservation interests of a James Watt. Beyond that, few can say.
The U.S. Department of Energy and its private contractors aren't ready to open the first nuclear waste dump in the world. Today, nearly 10 years old, almost fully constructed and containing $700 million in hardware, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project lies in a state of limbo.
The mining industry trumped a citizens' action group on initiatives that would have forced tougher reclamation and water protection standards and raised state taxes on gold mined by heap leaching or in open pits.