|The commission is the state water pollution control agency for New Mexico
for all purposes of the federal Clean
Water Act, and for the wellhead protection and sole source aquifer programs
of the federal Safe
Drinking Water Act, and may take all action necessary and appropriate
to secure to this sate, its political subdivisions or interstate agencies
the benefits of that act and those programs. The WQCC is administratively
attached to the New Mexico
Environment Department. The Water Quality Control Commission consists
of twelve members.
The Water Quality Control Commission issued a statement saying, "For several miles at and below Molycorp, the sheer volume of steady-state metal-loaded drainage seeping out of mine waste dumps and old underground workings overwhelms the river and has rendered it dead for at least eight miles."