1. Manny is a proud New Mexican copper miner. Listen as Manny talks about his long family connections to mining, what it means to him to be a New Mexican copper miner, and the sense of pride that mining copper in New Mexico brings to him.

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  2. Generations is a compelling account of first-hand testimonies from actual New Mexico copper miners, about the historical, economic, and environmental impact and importance of copper mining in New Mexico.

    David Ramos, a fourth-generation New Mexico copper miner at the Chino Mine recounts his story, “My great-grandfather, my grandfather and my father were all involved with the mines here at Chino. I am proud of our heritage. We do good work. My goal? Protect the environment, mine copper and restore our surroundings. I want my grand children’s children to enjoy this natural beauty.”

    New Mexico’s copper mining industry generates $326 million into the area economy and supports more than 4,300 people and families each year. “Generations” chronicles several different copper miners who tell their unique stories about how they are each proud to be New Mexico copper miners.

    Manuel Rivera, a third-generation New Mexico copper miner declares, “To me, our water here in this part of the country is one of our most precious things that we have. It’s very important for the environment to stay clean ‘cause when I grew up this part of the country we could drink water out of any creek or anything. So I want it to be kept that way for the generations to come.

    “NMMA is committed to providing New Mexicans accurate, timely and consistent information about the NMED’s proposed copper mining rules and the impact of copper mining in our state. We decided that the best way to convey this message was through first-hand testimonials of real New Mexicans,” said Mike Bowen, executive director of the NMMA. “The ‘Generations’ video project is part of the NMMA’s ongoing commitment to educating New Mexico residents about the benefits of copper mining in New Mexico and the dramatic improvement that the NMED’s proposed copper mining rules will bring to the industry.”

    According to Bowen, “It is our hope that “Generations” will serve as a valuable resource to New Mexicans to better understand the history, context and implications of these proposed rules. Passing the NMED’s proposed copper mining rules are a critical step forward for New Mexicans, our environment, and our economy.”

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  3. Sandy is a proud New Mexico Copper Miner. Listen to Sandy's story as she talks about what it was like to grow up in the mines and what she does as support staff member.

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  4. Tom is a third-generation copper miner. Listen as Tom tells his story about what copper mining means to him and his small New Mexico community.

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  5. Dickie is a proud New Mexico copper miner. Listen as Dickie talks about the copper mining industry and its connection to his community. Dickie is proud to mine copper and contribute to a local, national and global economy.

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New Mexico’s Water Quality Control Commission will hold an important hearing to discuss guidelines recommended by the New Mexico Environment Department designed to improve ground water protection measures around copper mining operations.

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