Events, Alerts and News in the W&W Territory
This message available online at http://illinois.sierraclub.org/w&w/wwNews/arc/2010/0301.html
Becki Clayborn, Sierra Club
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:45 p.m.
THE DIRTY TRUTH ABOUT COAL:
Don't just wear green - BE GREEN! Join us for this event on St. Paddy's Day
Sierra Club volunteers have been tirelessly challenging new coal fired power plants from being built in Illinois. Thanks to the years of hard work by our volunteers, many traditional coal fired power plant proposals have been stopped or stalled in Illinois, including Indeck, Enviropower, Steelhead, Southern Illinois University, and Rentech.
Now the coal industry is selling "clean coal," and Illinois is their chosen battleground. Learn about Illinois' Beyond Coal Campaign, the myths of Clean Coal, and how we can help stop emissions from the Midwest Generation coal fired power plant in Waukegan.
W&W Conservation Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 p.m.
An open Conservation Committee meeting will be held just prior to the membership meeting. Topics to be discussed will be committee members and review of ongoing and potential conservation projects.
Please note that the meeting is open to all that are interested.
Water Sentinels Training
You can help improve the health of our local streams just by measuring the quality of their waters. Chronic funding cuts have left our Illinois Environmental Protection Agency too understaffed to monitor and protect the quality of our streams, as required by the Clean Water Act. They need our help.
We are offering a free training event this spring, taught by the IL Chapter Water Sentinels Staff. You will learn how to use simple test kits to measure the presence of pollutants in our streams, and how to judge water conditions by the presence of critters that live in the water (bentho-macro-invertebrates). Recording this data can help us use the Clean Water Act to clean up our streams.
As a trained Water Sentinel, you will have fun getting to know your local stream up-close, ideally with another Sentinel who lives nearby.
This training will be offered at Gurnee High School, and will include classroom instruction and a field trip to a local stream. It will take about five hours. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.
Help us pick the date for this event. Go to http://illinois.sierraclub.org/w&w/Outings/10/Sentinel.asp
Stop Incinerators in Lake County
Thanks to everyone who responded to our January alert. So far the coalition has succeeded in having the proposal for indiscriminant mass burning of trash in a new incinerator in Lake County removed from the Lake County Solid Waste Disposal Plan, and redirected the focus onto improving recycling rates here. This is a major victory for our already unhealthy air quality. Hooray!
However, some on the Public Works and Transportation Committee would still like Lake County to consider and experimental thermal waste-to-energy facility. Please remind them that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency did not protect us from the emissions or the expense of the failed North Shore Sanitary District's experimental waste-to-energy facility. In fact, the IEPA exploited three different Clean Air Act loopholes to grant NSSD their permit. Because Illinois cannot be trusted to protect our air, and Lake County lacks the authority to enforce the Clean Air Act, it should not be inviting thermal waste disposal proposals that brink more disaster. There are non-thermal alternatives to land-filling that might be successful, but the best solutions are to create less solid waste and recycle more of it, as other communities have done.
Please congratulate your County Board member for removing mass-burn, and ask them to reject any Solid Waste Disposal Plan that includes a thermal waste-to-energy option.
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