The New Mexico Environment Department released the June update to its Enforcement Watch list on June 30, and of the 200-plus new entries, a handful were based in Sandoval County.
The Enforcement Watch is a listing of all active and resolved enforcement cases involving water quality, food safety, environmental or workplace safety. Active cases involve an alleged violation of a regulation, rule, permit or license. Resolved cases are those that were adjudicated in court of law or administratively resolved. The Enforcement Watch also provides tools for the public to report alleged environmental or workplace safety violations. The Enforcement Watch launched in April 2023 and has gained more than 2,100 pageviews and is now the 12th most-visited page on the NMED website
“The Enforcement Watch provides New Mexicans with a full listing of those businesses and municipalities that are falling short of their duty to comply with state laws, rules and permits that are solely in place to protect public health and the environment,” NMED Compliance and Enforcement Director Bruce Baizel said. “With three months of enforcement data available, the public can see the full breadth of our civil enforcement efforts.”
In June, 203 new entries were added 31 were removed from the watch list, bringing the total of cases across the state to more than 450. One of the new entries was The Air Quality Bureau issuing an administrative complaint order with over $40 million in civil penalties to Ameredev, a Texas-based oil company, for egregious air quality violations.
Of the 203 new entries, the following were in Sandoval County:
- The San Ysidro Water Supply System exceeded the fluoride maximum contaminant level. The maximum level is 4.0 milligrams per liter, the village’s water system tested at 5.0. The San Ysidro Water Supply System had a second violation listed on the Enforcement Watch site, but it links to a the Cimarron Water System violation.
- The San Luis Cabezon MDWCA water system did not report disinfectant residuals collected from the distribution system during February 2021.
- Hannah and Nate’s Market Cafe, which has an Albuquerque address but is listed under Sandoval County on the watch list, did not submit the required number of microbiological samples in accordance with an approved Revised Total Coliform Rule sampling plan for the month of May 2023 through its water system. Hannah and Nate’s has a location in Corrales.
- Homestead Village in Placitas is on the list, but the Enforcement Watch website does not include a link to the letter of violation. The website says the violation is an “active matter.”
- The Burger King on Southern received a letter of violation for operating without a valid permit from the New Mexico Environment Department due to non-payment of its permit fee. Burger King was fined a $25 late fee and threatened with more severe fines if the permit fees weren’t paid in a timely manner.
- Morning Star of Rio Rancho had the same violation as Burger King and received the same fine and warning.