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Take Action: Coal Ash and Household Garbage Aren't the Same Take Action: Coal Ash and Household Garbage Aren't the Same

Americans want strong protections against toxic coal ash -- that's why they submitted more than 450,000 public comments during the Environmental Protection Agency's safeguard-making process. Unfortunately, Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011 (H.R. 2273), which would handcuff the EPA's ability to move forward with strong coal-ash disposal safeguards for our communities. Believe it or not, the banana peel you throw away has more robust protections on it than coal ash containing mercury, arsenic, hexavalent chromium and lead. If this bill passes, that horrible status quo would become the law.

Tell your congressional representative to oppose the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act.

Photo by Lindsay Moseley.


Take Action: Support a Sustainable Global Economy Take Action: Support a Sustainable Global Economy

Trade done the right way can foster development and economic growth while protecting workers and the environment here and abroad. Unfortunately, Congress's current proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama fall far short of President Obama's promise of a "smart, fair, and strong" trade policy that would create jobs and protect the environment.

Tell your congressional representative to oppose the pending free trade agreements.

Dirty Fuels: Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing Gets Rowdy Dirty Fuels: Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing Gets Rowdy

Last Friday was the final State Department public hearing on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Hundreds of clean energy supporters from the Sierra Club and many other organizations packed the hearing (some even slept overnight to save spots to speak first!) so they could tell the State Department to reject this dirty, dangerous pipeline that will only increase our nation's addiction to oil.

Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming Keystone XL action slated for November.

Resilient Habitats: Preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Resilient Habitats: Preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding public hearings throughout Alaska on a plan that will guide its management of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The first public hearing, filled with Sierra Club members and supporters, was held in Anchorage and set the record straight: Alaskans want to protect the Arctic Refuge for future generations.

Learn more in our Lay of the Land blog.

Photo by Dan Ritzman.


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