Court weighing conflict question in NM power plant case

The Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering a petition that seeks to disqualify members of one of the state's most powerful regulatory panels from deciding the future of a coal-fired power plant.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering a petition that seeks to disqualify members of one of the state's most powerful regulatory panels from deciding the future of a coal-fired power plant.

Lawyers made their arguments Monday afternoon. The high court is expected to announce a decision later in the day.

The environmental group New Energy Economy argues that four Public Regulation Commission members have created at least an appearance of being biased through their public statements about a plan to shutter part of the San Juan GeneratingStation.

An attorney for the group told the justices the decision-making process has become political and has compromised due process.

Attorneys for the four commission members urged the justices to dismiss the motion and to let the power plant case play itself.

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