Take Action: No Toxic Ash in Our Water!
Coal ash, the byproduct left over after coal is burned for electricity, is one of the largest waste streams in the country, with nearly 140 million tons produced each year. This toxic waste, which contains dangerous chemicals like arsenic, mercury, chromium, selenium, lead, and boron, is stored in more than 400 landfills and in more than 1,000 wet impoundments across the country. Despite the magnitude and hazardous nature of this waste, there are currently no federal safeguards to protect communities and waterways from coal ash pollution.
Tell your representative to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a strong coal ash standard by the end of the year.
Pictured to the right, the December 2008 Tennessee coal ash spill. Photo Credit: Lyndsay Moseley, Sierra Club.
Take Action: Save the Sage Grouse!
The Obama Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of the Interior are drafting a new management plan for the sage grouse, an iconic bird whose habitat covers parts of nine western states. Only by protecting the best remaining sage grouse habitat now can we hope to conserve this species.
Sign the petition urging the Obama administration protect sage grouse habitat and ensure sustainable management.
Grassroots Activism: Baltimore Rallies for Clean Air
Last week more than 40 Marylanders rallied in Baltimore before delivering 2,000 comments to the Maryland Department of the Environment supporting the agency's proposed clean air standards.
"I am here today to tell the MDE that people like me need you to move forward with strong, limits on pollution from Maryland's coal-fired power plants," said Doris Toles a Baltimore City resident suffering from asthma and COPD who spoke at the rally.
"There are many who have died from asthma. I have lost family and friends. Cleaning up pollution from coal plants helps people like me stay alive."
Grassroots Activism: A General in Louisiana's Fracking Fight
The Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club is working closely with retired Lt. General Russel Honore's Green Army to fight a fracking plan in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
"Fracking is a serious water quality issue," says Sierra Club environmental justice organizer Darryl Malek-Wiley. "Fracking, be it in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, or Louisiana is a bad news. It means pollution, health problems, truck traffic, and more. It is the wrong energy choice."