SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico officials have proposed changes to the state’s pollution regulations to bring them into compliance with federal standards.
The New Mexican reports that the New Mexico laws have for years allowed higher levels of toxic pollutants than federal standards. The New Mexico Environment Department is trying to change that by setting new limits for pollution from businesses like dry cleaners and auto repair shops.
Many of the pollutants have been linked environmental hazards and cancer.
The state department is seeking public comment on the changes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the new rules will be adopted in mid-October if there are no legitimate calls for a public hearing.