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Clean 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 like arsenic.

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.

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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.

End the risk.

Imagine!  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.   847/985-2100

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 the National 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; (773)342-7650.

We look forward to seeing people at these meetings. Until then – no nukes, no coal, NO KIDDING!

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