The Latest Bounce


The Immigration and Naturalization Service has a plan to curb illegal immigration between Naco and Douglas, Ariz. It includes stadium lights, steel fences, roads and video surveillance cameras, which an INS study says won't affect endangered wildlife along the U.S.-Mexico border (HCN, 9/27/99: Battered Borderlands). The Center for Biological Diversity disputes the agency's study and plans to sue.

Molycorp may have turned over a new leaf. The company has posted a $129 million bond with the New Mexico Environment Department to clean up its molybdenum mine in Questa (HCN, 8/28/00: The mine that turned the Red River blue). But asked whether this means the company admits to polluting the Red River, mine manager David Shoemaker told the Santa Fe New Mexican, "We can't tell."

The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory misled the public about a fire on its land last summer, according to the Jackson Hole, Wyo., group Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free (HCN, 4/10/00: Incinerator plans go up in smoke). Lab officials first said no contaminated areas burned, but now admit that fires burned over an area tainted by a nuclear reactor. The Yellowstone group has asked the Department of Energy to investigate.

Wildfires around the Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico last May left the Santa Fe National Forest vulnerable to future fires, says the U.S. Forest Service (HCN, 7/3/00: Los Alamos races against time). The agency wants to log about 3,000 acres, but the Forest Conservation Council has threatened to sue.

New Mexico's Gila and Lincoln national forests are tinderboxes, according to the Otero and Catron county boards of commissioners. In September, both groups passed resolutions claiming that the Forest Service has failed to do its job and thin trees. If the state doesn't start logging the national forests, the counties say they will (HCN, 6/24/96: Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt).

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