It did not take long. On Monday, December 6, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board adopted a plan to require businesses and industries in the electric and gas and oil sectors that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide to start reducing emissions by 3% a year from 2010 levels, beginning on January 1, 2013. The rule would sunset if a regional or federal emissions reduction program is put in place. Regulated companies that cannot reach the reduction requirements could buy offsets from unregulated state companies that are able to reduce green-house gas emissions.
On Tuesday, December 7, the Farmington City Council voted unanimously to appeal that decision. The City is interested not just from the effects the regulations will have on its own utilities, but the city owns an interest in the coal-fired power plant San Juan Generating Station, according to Mayor Tommy Roberts.