SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed Senate Bill 8, allowing the state and Albuquerque/Bernalillo County to adopt environmental regulations more stringent than those at the federal level.

“This legislation allows the state to make sure our environmental laws are the best they can be for New Mexico,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We’ve seen the devastating effects of a federal administration that does not prioritize public health and the environment – now, New Mexico is in the driver’s seat.”

The bill was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, Sen. Linda Lopez, Rep. Nathan Small and Rep. Christine Chandler.

“This important new law gives New Mexico regulators the tools to enact consistent environmental regulations that protect our air and water,” said Leader Wirth. “I’d like to recognize all of the bill’s co-sponsors and thank Governor Lujan Grisham for signing this landmark environmental legislation.”

Currently, the state’s laws that govern air quality and hazardous waste include provisions that prevent the state from adopting rules more stringent than those of the federal government.

Senate Bill 8 amends those laws to remove that provision, making it possible for the state’s environmental improvement board to promulgate rules that result in additional reductions of air pollutants and more safeguards for the handling of hazardous waste. It would also allow the state to develop rules related to the remediation of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which the federal government does not currently regulate.

The new law also allows the Albuquerque-Bernalillo Air Quality Control Board, which is not under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Environment Department, to adopt air quality regulations more stringent than federal law.  

The legislation does not require any entity to adopt more stringent regulations. In addition, robust public and stakeholder engagement and hearings through the state’s environmental improvement board will continue to be in place to ensure any proposed rules are thoroughly evaluated before being implemented.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a cheaper and shorter option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

Please Note in Classifieds a dog looking for a home. And now a well-loved cat is looking for a home.

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—

Feel free to notify if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

  • The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option at the top of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Go to Top