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"We clearly point out that the contingency planning was not adequate, certainly not for a spill of this size. There was a complacency that this was not going to happen at this scale."

-Roger Rufe, retired Coast Guard vice admiral and chairman of the team that produced an internal review of the Coast Guard's performance during the BP oil spill cleanup 

1. Take Action: Protect Our National Forests
2. Take Action: Protect Communities from Toxic Mercury
3. And the Winner Is: Hilton Kelley
4. Alaska: Speaking Up for the Arctic Refuge

1) Take Action: Protect Our National Forests

ForestFrom recreation opportunities to clean air and water, America's forests are a key part of American life. Today our forests face new threats, including climate change. The Forest Service is currently gathering input on updated standards for planning how the nation’s forests are used and protected. For the first time, preparing forests for a rapidly changing climate is part of the planning. However, baseline protections and clear requirements are needed to ensure that climate smart ideas result in action on the ground.


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Tell the Forest Service that more detailed guidance is needed in the forest management plan.
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Mercury2) Take Action: Protect Communities from Toxic Mercury

Every day dirty power plants spew mercury and other toxics from their smokestacks without regard for how it affects their neighbors. Even in small amounts, these extremely harmful air pollutants are linked to cancer, brain damage, and other serious health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a mercury and air toxics safeguard that will not only save thousands of lives per year but will also help prevent disease, avoid hospitalizations, and create new jobs installing and operating much-needed pollution control equipment.

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Ask your Representative to sign the Capps-Schakowsky letter to EPA in support of strong mercury and air toxics safeguards.

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hilton-portrait.jpg 3) And the Winner Is: Hilton Kelley 

Sierra Club ally Hilton Kelley has been awarded this year's prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the "Nobel prize for environmental activism," for his landmark environmental justice work to improve air quality in one of the most polluted areas in the nation. Kelley led the movement to clean up his largely African-American west side neighborhood of Port Arthur, Texas after seeing his town sickened by industrial pollution, plagued with crime, and teetering near economic collapse.

Read more about his inspiring efforts. 

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caribou arctic4) Alaska: Speaking Up for the Arctic Refuge

Last week, more than three dozen Alaskan natives and concerned citizens from the lower 48 states traveled to Washington, DC, for Alaska Wilderness Week. Speaking out for one of America's last wild places, they urged their members of Congress to oppose any effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. For three days the group of citizen advocates met with staff in 80 offices on Capitol Hill to remind Congress that drilling in the Arctic is not the answer to rising gas prices, and that places as special as the Arctic Refuge should be permanently protected.

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