New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Environmental Improvement

Environmental Improvement Board Applicable Legislation

EIB Establishing Authority

The EIB is established in the Environmental Improvement Act.  The Board consists of seven Governor appointed, and Senate consented, members.  No more than four of the members are from the same political party, and a majority of the members must represent the interests of the public.  A quorum of the Board is four members.  See NMSA 1978, §74-1-4.

 

Pursuant to NMSA, § 74-1-8, the Board is responsible for environmental management and consumer protection. The EIB is responsible for the promulgation of rules and standards in:

(1) food protection;

(2) water supply, including a capacity development program to assist water systems in acquiring and maintaining technical, managerial and financial capacity in accordance with §1420 of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (Title XIV of the Public Health Service Act) and rules authorizing imposition of administrative penalties for enforcement;

(3) liquid waste, including exclusive authority to establish on-site liquid waste system fees and to implement and administer an inspection and permitting program for on-site liquid waste systems;

(4) air quality management as provided in the state Air Quality Control Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-2-1 to 74-2-17);

(5) radiation control as provided in the state Radiation Protection Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-3-1 to 74-3-16);

(6) noise control;

(7) nuisance abatement;

(8) vector control;

(9) occupational health and safety as provided in the Occupational Health & Safety Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 50-9-1 to 50-9-25);

(10) sanitation of public swimming pools and public baths;

(11) plumbing, drainage, ventilation and sanitation of public buildings in the interest of public health;

(12) medical radiation, health and safety certification and standards for radiologic technologists as provided in the Medical Radiation Health & Safety Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 61-14E-1 to 61-14E-12);

(13) hazardous wastes and petroleum storage tanks as provided in the Hazardous Waste Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-4-1 to 74-4-14); and

(14) solid waste as provided in the Solid Waste Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-9-1 to 74-9-43).

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State Legislation

Environmental Improvement Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-1-1 to 74-1-17)

Air Quality Control Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-2-1 to 74-2-17)

Hazardous Waste Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-4-1 to 74-4-14)

Medical Radiation Health & Safety Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 61-14E-1 to 61-14E-12)

Occupational Health & Safety Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 50-9-1 to 50-9-25)

Radiation Protection Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-3-1 to 74-3-16)

Solid Waste Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-9-1 to 74-9-43)

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Federal Legislation

Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. ch. 85, subch. I § 7401 et seq.)

For more information on the Clean Air Act see EPA’s webiste here.

Safe Drinking Water Act (Title XIV of the Public Health Service Act). 

For more information on the Safe Drinking Water Act see EPA’s website here.