We respectfully request that you add your name to this petition, which asks the State of New Mexico to approve the application from Intel for a revision to its air quality permit for the company’s Rio Rancho campus.
Intel is working to preposition its Rio Rancho site for future growth. Intel’s other sites around the country are already pre-positioned and therefore ready for investment should the company decide to move forward quickly in one of those cities with an expansion.
The permit revision would NOT change Intel’s current permitted emission limits. Indeed, if Intel were to expand its New Mexico operation, Intel would still not exceed its current permitted emission limits. The permit does allow for the company to install additional equipment on the site. The company will maintain full redundant emission abatement control.
The petition requests the New Mexico Environment Department to approve the Significant Revision to Air Quality Permit No. 0325-M10-Ri for Intel Corporation’s Rio Rancho facility. The petition also requests immediate action, and that the decision not be deferred to allow for a lengthy public comment period. This should not be necessary as no emission limits are being changed; only additional equipment is being requested. Such a delay may put the Rio Rancho site at risk of missing the chance to compete for the company’s next investment decision.
Several outside studies, one funded by the NMED (Corrales Air Quality Study) and one by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (ATSDR) have found no evidence of negative health effects from Intel emissions.
Over the past five years, Intel has held seventy different meetings with a group of concerned citizens (the Community Environmental Working Group) and the company voluntarily spent $25 million on improvements that were not required but which helped to ease some of those community concerns.
Thank you for your consideration and, hopefully, your positive action on the petition.
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