Monday, August 19, 2019

Message from N.M. Public Regulations Commission Chair on San Juan Generating Station

By Native News Online Staff - August 19, 2019 at 12:00AM

Published August 19, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. — Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, chairperson of the New Mexico Public Regulations Commission issued the following statement concerning the future of the San Juan Generating Station that is slated to be closed:

I would like to express to my constituents, members of the public, and other interested
persons that I fully understand and appreciate that people would like to discuss their concerns
about the abandonment of the San Juan Generating Station with me.

Theresa Becenti-Aguilar

However, the public should understand that as a commissioner, I must abide by the
appropriate laws and policies in order to safeguard the legal validity of any final decision in this

I am very concerned about preserving my ability to vote on this case and therefore I
believe I must adhere strictly to the advice of the Commission’s Office of General Counsel that
commissioners refrain from discussing and making statements about a pending case which
might be claimed by some to indicate premature judgment on a matter before the evidentiary
record has been completed.

Abiding by these policies helps protect the integrity of each commissioner’s vote, which
might otherwise be challenged on appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court. Because the
commissioners each represent thousands of constituents, it is critically important that each
commissioner preserve the integrity and legal force of their votes.

Members of the public may still communicate their concerns through public comment.
Pursuant to New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act, the Commission conducts its business in
meetings open to the public. The notice of open meeting and agenda for each open meeting are
available to the public at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Members of the public may appear
at an open meeting and make three minutes of oral comment.

In addition, members of the public may communicate their comments in writing. The
public should be aware that while comments may be considered by the Commission as they
relate to policy concerns, they are not considered as evidence in the case.

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