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South Texas Uranium News - Update 8/27/10

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

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB December 2010 Meeting Minutes

COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB  December 2010 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, December 21 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street.  After welcoming members and reminding them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked Treasurer Teresa Carrillo for her report.  Teresa reported that the three CD’s have a total balance of approximately $7700 and that the checking  account balance is $1472.78.


Pat Suter stated that she had sent members an announcement several weeks ago requesting that they notify her if they were interested in serving as CBSC officers, and that no one responded with an offer to  run for office.   A motion to re-elect current officers by acclamation was made by Lois Huff and seconded by Brian Burke. The motion carried, after which Pat suggested that next year the current officers make an effort to find people to run in an election.  Lois Huff, Membership Chair, commented that there are currently 452 members in CBSC and expressed hope that some of those might be willing to stand for election next year.


Pat called on Hal Suter, Venice Scheurich and Mina Williams to report on their testimony at the December 15 Sunset Review Commission Hearings in Austin.  Also testifying were CBSC members Mark Walsh of Kleberg County and Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger of DeWitt County.  Mark, who is Treasurer of South Texas Opposes Pollution (STOP), and Ann Ewing, who is President of STOP, testified for that organization. Each person was allowed three minutes: Ann and Mina spoke during the Railroad Commission hearing, and Hal, Mark, Sr. Elizabeth and Venice, commented during the TCEQ hearing. The CBSC website is now updated with a summary of official CBSC comments which were submitted to the Sunset Staff on November 26 in response to the Staff Report.


During the Hearings, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who is a member of the Sunset Review Commission, announced that he would be in his Corpus Christi office on December 17 to meet with local constituents who had been involved with the hearings. Pat, Hal, Mina and Venice met with the senator and are in the process of preparing a list of points they hope he will endorse and address in the coming session of the Texas legislature.


CBSC member Brian Burke, who also works with the Clean Economy Coalition (CEC), reported that EPA officials have written Governor Perry and TCEQ officials stating that there is a need for higher toxicity standards re waste water permitting. Brian also reported that planning is currently underway to sponsor a letter-writing campaign asking EPA to intervene in the Las Brisas matter in a way similar to their action in the White Stallion Energy Center issue. 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, December 20, 2010




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