Environment Department Secretary stepping down

The Daily Times staff
New Mexico

FARMINGTON – New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn is stepping down, according to a press release issued today.

Flynn has led the NMED since 2013, overseeing the state regulatory agency during its response to the Gold King Mine spill and the greenhouse gas reduction agreement for the San Juan Generating Station that allowed it to continue operations.

"It's hard to see him leave," Gov. Susanna Martinez said in the press release. "But we are proud of the work he has accomplished for this administration."

Under Flynn, the NMED has initiated lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as multiple mining companies and the state of Colorado in response to the Gold King Mine Spill, which released more than three million gallons of mine waste into the Animas River.

Flynn also helped broker an agreement with the San Juan Generating Station that resulted in a 5.7-million ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions — the largest such greenhouse gas cutback in state history, according to the release.

Flynn said in the release that serving the state of New Mexico has been the most gratifying experience of his career, but he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and two young daughters.