Report: State’s biggest polluters disproportionately affecting disadvantaged | Local News

New Mexico, a state with a relatively sparse population clustered across vast expanses, has a surprising number of smokestacks spewing noxious pollutants.

An estimated 189 “stationary” pollution sources — including fossil fuel operations, mines, power plants and landfills — foul the air, emit 25% of the state’s greenhouse gases and collectively pose a public health threat, especially to lower-income neighborhoods nearby.

While the state has set ambitious goals and has made strides to reduce emissions, its current policies don’t require all large air polluters to cut their greenhouse gases. Many of these facilities also release huge amounts of pollutants that are harmful to breathe in, according to a recent report compiled by PSE Healthy Energy and the University of New Mexico.

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A flock of birds rise up with a view of the Reeves Generating Station in the background in Albuquerque on Thursday February 16, 2023.

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Phil, who did not provide a last name, hits golf balls in a large lot not far from the Rio Bravo Generating Station n Albuquerque on Thursday February 16, 2023 in Albuquerque. Phil comes to the lot throughout the week to practice his swing.


The Rio Bravo Generating Station in Albuquerque on Tuesday February 14, 2023.

Progress made, more needed


A man walks down Grape Avenue SE in Albuquerque’s Mountain View neighborhood Thursday. The location is just over a mile from the Rio Bravo Generating Station, one of the “stationary” pollution sources a new study says disproportionately harm lower-income neighborhoods.

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