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Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #133
Sept 30, 2008

"If we're going to do something [about reducing emissions], it's got to be different than what we're doing."

-- Gregg Marland, a senior staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee


 

In this issue

1) Take Action: Protect Waterways from Toxic Mining Waste
2) America's Coasts: Offshore Drilling Moratorium Expires Today
3) Factory Farms: Factory Farms Linked to Air, Water Pollution
4) Sierra Clubbers Get Hooked: National Hunting and Fishing Day

1) Take Action: Protect Waterways from Toxic Mining Waste
Sunbeam StreamFor decades federal protections have kept coal companies from mining within 100 feet of streams. Now the Office of Surface Mining is proposing to repeal those protections, allowing coal companies to mine next to and even through our waters.

In Appalachia alone more than 1,200 miles of streams have already been buried and the problem will only worsen if protections are removed.

Currents action alert arrowTell EPA Administrator Johnson to protect our nation's waters!

 


2) America's Coasts: Offshore Drilling Moratorium Expires Today
The offshore drilling moratorium that has protected America's coasts since 1981 will expire today.  Congress wasn't able to come to an agreement on the future of the moratorium, and it was not renewed this year.

Though the lapse does temporarily leave our coasts at risk, Congress will hopefully restore protections as part of a comprehensive energy bill to move us to clean energy solutions next year.

3) Factory Farms: Factory Farms Linked to Air, Water Pollution
Though nearby residents, environmental and health groups have known for years that giant factory farms are major polluters, a new government report  now confirms it. (pdf) Released late last week the report documents a 230% increase in the number of factory farms between 1982 and 2002 and links the farms to harmful air and water pollution.

The findings come as Congress considers exempting factory farms from the requirement that they report their toxic air pollution.

Learn more about factory farms here.

4) Sierra Clubbers Get Hooked: National Hunting and Fishing Day
Sierra Clubbers across the country are joining forces with other conservation, hunting and angling groups to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. They pulled old fencing out of elk habitat in Montana, co-sponsored one of the largest celebrations in the country, and are hosting an "Outdoor Family Adventure"  complete with fishing, archery and hunter safety classes in South Carolina.

Hooked? Find out more about the Sierra Sportsmen Network.

 

 


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