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updated 9/21/09

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

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB October 2009 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met on Wednesday, October 7, from 11:30 until 1:15 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter, after welcoming members, reminded them that meeting minutes are posted on the website: http://www.texas.sierraclub.org/coastalbend).

Treasurer Teresa Carrillo reported that two CD’s would mature in June 2010, and that their values are currently approximately $3140 and $1042. She also reported that the checking account has a balance of $1063. Linda May, Lois Huff, and Teresa led a discussion concerning  whether some funds in the treasury might be designated for future special projects, and a consensus of members was that we should think about projects that the club might want to support.

Lone Star Sierra President Hal Suter informed the group that the Lone Star Chapter is sponsoring a “Roll Against Coal” event in several Texas cities on Saturday, October 31. Corpus Christi, along with Austin, Dallas, Beaumont , and Alpine, will invite residents to participate by riding bikes, skating, or strolling with signs to help create awareness among citizens of recent announcements by EPA that TCEQ has not been enforcing the Clean Air Act. Lone Star is urging TCEQ to declare a moratorium issuing permits for coal plants in Texas until new EPA requirements are implemented in the state. The Corpus Christi event will begin at noon on the 31st at McCaughan Park on Ocean Drive. Hal also reported that he will be in Austin on Friday, Oct. 9, to participate with Lone Star staff as they host an information-gathering interview with gubernatorial Democratic Party hopeful, Hank Gilbert. Gilbert was the state’s top Democratic vote-getter in 2006 when he ran for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Pat Suter reminded members that the Las Brisas contested case hearing will begin on November 2, at the Del Mar College Economic Development Center located across from Ray High School. The hearing is anticipated to last for two weeks. Pat and Naomi Linzer serve as directors of the Clean Economy Coalition, CEC. CEC is encouraging residents and citizens to attend hearing sessions and reminding them that it is a court proceeding, and that proper courtroom conduct, appropriate clothing, no talking while sessions are underway, and no demonstrating with signs in the meeting room must be observed. For more information, go to the CEC website (www.cleaneconomycoalition.org).

Pat Suter also announced that Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon could not attend today’s Sierra Club meeting since they serve on the community’s Long Term Health Committee, and that committee was holding its meeting at noon today.

Next on the agenda was discussion on whether Coastal Bend Sierra wished to support the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) by contributing $750 for a table for eight at the annual awards dinner. A motion was made by Linda May and seconded by Lois Huff that members wishing to attend would be asked to contribute $75, with the option of paying $50 if they choose, and the difference between the $750 fee and the total contributions would be paid from the club’s treasury. This year’s dinner will be held at the Texas State Aquarium on Thursday, November 5. For more information, see CBBF’s website (www.baysfoundation.org).

In her additional announcements, Pat Suter reminded members to vote for Amendment 9, which would strengthen the ability by Texas to keep open beach access, and she offered her garage for the site of Coastal Bend Sierra’s annual garage sale. After some discussion, the date of Saturday, November 7, was chosen for the sale. Members are asked to bring pre-priced items to Pat’s garage—1002 Chamberlain—on Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, and volunteer their assistance with the sale on Saturday morning, the 7th.

Pat also thanked Teresa Carrillo for her help in preparing the October newsletter so that Mary Mauel’s beautiful picture of currents in Duluth Greenspace Park could be included.

The final committee report was given by Pat, Mina Williams, and Venice Scheurich, who attended the TCEQ public meeting on October 5, in Goliad where they submitted official comments on behalf of CBSC re Uranium Energy Corp’s permit application for the first Production Area Authorization (PAA1) in Goliad County. The comments will be posted on our website soon. The site’s “South Texas Uranium News” category was updated on September 21.  The next update will include a link to the insightful report of USGS geologist Susan Hall, who used TCEQ’s records in writing “Groundwater Restoration at Uranium In Situ Recovery Mines, South Texas Coastal Plain.” If you wish to access her report immediately, go to:

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1143/pdf/OF09-1143.pdf

Goliad County has been granted a contested case hearing in which they will present their case opposing in situ uranium mining in their county.  The hearing, which is now in the discovery phase, will continue in Austin with the evidentiary phase March 2010.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, Oct. 9, 2009

 


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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 993-3737 Kenn Jobe
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

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Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
Kathy Griffith   Membership/Publicity/Audubon
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Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Representataive to Lone Star Chapter
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Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
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