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South Texas Uranium News - Update 4/5/11

                            Coastal Bend Sierra Club's Comments on TCEQ's Draft Rules for Uranium Mining in Texas

                                         
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                           Ridley Turtle update - 4/13/11

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES January 2012

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met at the main library on Comanche Street from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 17. After opening the meeting and reminding members that minutes would be posted on the CBSC Website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked Treasurer Teresa Carrillo for her report. Teresa reported that the checking account balance is $1,326.73 and the total of the three CD’s is $7,954.87.

For the first committee report, Pat called on Hal Suter, who is the Lone Star Sierra Chapter’s chairperson. Hal stated that Teresa Carrillo has been reelected to serve another term on the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom). The ExCom will meet in Austin on January 28 and 29, and Hal has called for agenda items to be submitted to him by January 23. Among other things, the ExCom will begin discussing finding an Executive Director to fill Ken Kramer’s position. Ken has recently announced his retirement. Hal also announced that the Sierra Club will soon be calling on members to submit comments to the EPA supporting efforts to control the haze problem in the vicinity of Big Bend National Park caused by industrial air emissions.

Hal and Pat Suter reported on their January 13 attendance in Galveston of the GLO Marine Debris Summit at which much of the discussion focused on the problem of micro litter. It is estimated that visible litter accounts for only approximately 20% of the debris. Also discussed at the summit was the problem of plastic debris and the fact that it is not biodegradable.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich follow developments on uranium mining activity in South Texas, and they reported that the Kleberg County/URI trial in 105th District Court is scheduled to resume on January 23. They also stated that the matter of whether or not UEC will be granted the Aquifer Exemption they have requested in Goliad County will be granted by EPA has not yet been settled.

Joyce Jarmon, Edith Cosgrove, and Pat Suter serve on the Community Long Term Health Committee. Joyce reported that the 2011 report on air monitoring in the refinery area was the best thus far. In particular, December benzene emissions were very low. There were only four incidents in December of emissions over the allowed limit, and all four were of very short (less than 30 minutes) duration.

Membership Chair Lois Huff reported that CSBS now has 441 individual members. Lois also chairs the Transition Committee and she reported that the committee hopes to have an on-line monthly newsletter in the future. This will save a considerable amount of money on postage when members are only mailed a postcard giving a brief outline and reminder of what is posted in the on-line newsletter.

Teresa Carrillo serves on the Nueces River Authority and the Nueces and Corpus Christi and Baffin Bays Basin and Bay Area Stakeholders Committee. She reported on recent meetings and statements of these groups.

In addition, Teresa serves on the TRRC Eagle Ford Shale Task Force which is also concerned with water availability because of extensive and increasing hydraulic fracturing in South Texas. CBSC members discussed recent town hall meetings in DeWitt County hosted by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor group which were concerned with water usage. Extensive media coverage in the Victoria Advocate of environmental impacts of shale development was also discussed. Mina and Venice announced that the next Neighbor-to-Neighbor town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, in Cuero. Presenters will include petroleum engineer Katherine Martin, advisor to the City of Dallas, and Dr. Ramon Alvarez, scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund in Austin. The public is invited to the 2:00 to 5:00 pm session which will be held at the Cuero Park Clubhouse, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Drive in Cuero.

In a final announcement, Pat Suter stated that Jeanne Adams has again offered her home for the CBSC spring party. Pat asked Teresa to contact Jeanne to set the date.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, January 17, 2012

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COASTAL BEND GROUP

      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman
phsuter@stx.rr.com    
Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Chapter   Represent.
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
    Recycling
Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carillo
  Activities
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining
Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
    Membership
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Representataive to Lone Star Chapter
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster

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