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Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support the EPA on Coal Ash Safeguards Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support the EPA on Coal Ash Safeguards

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 rule-making process. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has just passed a bill that would handcuff the EPA's ability to move forward with strong coal ash disposal safeguards for our communities. Now the same bill has been introduced in the Senate as S. 1751. If this bill became law, the household garbage you throw away will have more robust regulations on it than coal ash containing mercury, arsenic, hexavalent chromium, and lead.

Tell your senators to support the EPA and oppose S. 1751.

Photo: Lyndsay Moseley

Take Action: Protect the Grand Canyon Take Action: Protect the Grand Canyon

Early this year, the Obama administration took the bold step of placing a temporary moratorium on new uranium-mining claims around the Grand Canyon. This was in response to the fact that, since 2003, thousands of new claims have been staked within 10 miles of the Canyon. The administration now has the opportunity to extend that moratorium for 20 years -- the maximum time allowed under an administrative withdrawal.

Ask the president to protect the Greater Grand Canyon region from the hazards of uranium mining.

Recognition: Sierra Club Staffers Go High-Profile. Debbie Sease pictured here. Recognition: Sierra Club Staffers Go High-Profile

In the past week, five Sierra Club staffers across the country have been the subject of fantastic media profiles about their amazing work to protect the environment. The Utne Reader named National Campaign Director Debbie Sease (pictured right) one of "25 Visionaries Changing the World." The Salt Lake Tribune highlighted Sierra Club President Robin Mann in an article about coal mine expansions in Utah.

Seattle Magazine named Coal-Free Washington Director Doug Howell as one of the city's most influential people. Grist ran a glowing profile of Texas Beyond Coal Organizer Flavia de la Fuente. And then The Atlantic asked Sierra magazine lifestyle editor Avital Binshtock nine and one-half questions on her work and passion.

Beyond Coal: Protecting Chicagoans' Health Beyond Coal: Protecting Chicagoans' Health

Congrats to Chicago Beyond Coal organizers for taking some great action on shutting down the two ancient, polluting coal plants in the Windy City to protect public health. Last week they worked with a coalition of groups to put together an asthma-screening event at a school about four blocks from the Fisk coal plant.

About 100 kids, health experts, and community members from the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods attended.

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