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Power Lake County
August proved to be an
exciting month for the Clean Power Lake County
Campaign. Community members from Waukegan and Lake
County organized for both a press conference and
hearing held by the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency on the Waukegan coal plant's water permit. 20
members gathered on the Waukegan Municipal Beach in
the shadow of the coal plant with signs and kites to
share their concerns about water pollution being
discharged from the coal plant and into Lake Michigan.
Later that evening over 70 community members gathered
at Bowen Park for the IL EPA hearing to review Midwest
Generation's water permit in Waukegan. Powerful
testimonies were delivered asking the Illinois EPA to
set limits for mercury and other dangerous pollutants
On September 16th community members and Clean Power
Lake County Coalition partners announced the
collection of over 2,000 petitions to Midwest
Generation asking for long-term plan and retirement
date for their coal plant on the Waukegan Lakefront.
Community members, coalition partners and Sierra Club
volunteers spent several months collecting the
petitions through tabling events and knocking on doors
in Waukegan. The announcement was made at the Waukegan
City Council Meeting before the Mayor of Waukegan and
Aldermen. 30 community members attended wearing “I
Clean Air” stickers while Dulce “Candy” Ortiz
(Waukegan community member), Yuridia Carbajal
(Waukegan Community Member), Jennifer Witherspoon
(Waukegan resident and President of the NAACP Lake
County Branch), and Brian Urbaszewski (Respiratory
Health Association), all gave compelling public
testimonies about air pollution, environmental
justice, and the need to move Waukegan beyond coal. The
press covered the event». It noted another
attempt by MWG to buy the city's support, and the
flimsy arguments made by aldermen unwilling to admit
the damage of coal power pollution to their community.
We’ll be working on engaging
more elected officials in the coming weeks and encourage
all Sierra Club members and supporters to contact their
County, State and Federal Representatives to share your
concern on this issue and your support for moving Lake
County beyond coal.
Illinois -- without all that nuclear risk!
Illinois Sierra Club
members may not be relegated to a mere John
Lennon-esque wish if the newly forming Illinois Sierra
Nuclear Free Committee gets its way. For the first
time in memory, Sierra Club members interested in a
nuclear-free Illinois and world will be coming
together formally in Illinois to form a Committee
dedicated to moving beyond nuclear and carbon, and
into an energy world based on renewables and expanded
use of efficiency and conservation.
The first of two convening session is currently being
planned in Chicagoland:
- Thursday, October 10,
7:30 p.m., as part of the Northwest Cook County
Group monthly program; Spring Valley Nature Center,
1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL.
Members interested in both
finding out more about the national Nuclear Free
Campaign and the formation of a statewide Illinois
Committee are encouraged to come to this session. The
tentative agenda for each will be 1.) to provide a
briefing on current important nuclear issues,
especially those with consequences for Illinois; and
2.) to establish the methods needed to launch the
Illinois Committee (e.g., list serve; goals; programs,
etc.) Several fact sheets have been developed by
Nuclear Free Campaign are posted on the Sierra
Club Grassroots Network website.
To RSVP for the meetings, and to get more information,
contact Dave Kraft at email@example.com; (773)342-7650.
We look forward to seeing people at these meetings.
Until then – no nukes, no coal, NO KIDDING!
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