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    Copper Rules: Better Managed Environment and a Better Economy
    New Mexico’s Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) adopted the Copper Rules recommended by the New Mexico Environment Department. The new rules are officially in effect. The new rules represent an important step forward and much-needed improvement over the previous ad-hoc, inconsistent permitting process to determine the necessary measures to protect ground water quality.


    Following a complete and comprehensive hearing on the Copper Mine Rule, the Water Quality Control Commission (“WQCC”) voted to adopt the Copper Mine Rule as proposed by the Environment Department, on September 10, 2013.

    has information that is pertinent to the discussion about water quality and economic vitality in New Mexico.

    For more information on the current status of the Copper Rules, read our Appeals update , as the Copper Rules are currently under appeal before the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

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