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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB February 2009 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, February 3, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library at 805 Comanche St. After welcoming members and stating that last month’s meeting minutes are on CBSC’s website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked treasurer Teresa Carrillo, who was recently elected to serve on Lone Star Sierra’s Executive Committee, for the treasurer’s report. Teresa’s report showed expenses of $138 and donations of $33, which yielded a current checking account balance of $1553. The value of the three CDs will be approximately $7300 when interest is added on February 23.

Naomi Linzer and Pat Suter gave a report and led a discussion on the Las Brisas power plant proposal. Naomi is treasurer of the Clean Economy Coalition (CEC). They reminded members that if permitted in its present form , Las Brisas would rank as the number 1 producer of air particulate matter in Nueces County, and it would add 216 pounds of toxic mercury annually to our already-polluted bay, making more kinds of fish unsafe to eat. CEC is working to require Las Brisas to use gasification, which is the maximum available technology. This would reduce pollution significantly.

Several events to increase public awareness of problems with the current Las Brisas proposal will occur this month. They include a February 14 community march, which is being organized by SEAL, the Student Environmental Action League, and a TECQ preliminary hearing at City Hall on February 17. This event at City Hall will decide standing and similar issues for the contested case hearing. Pat and Naomi encouraged CBSC members to attend the February 17 meeting in the conference room on the 6th floor at 10:00 am. For more event information, see the CEC’s website at CEC continues to meet every Sunday at the Progressive Center, 413 Waco St., at 3:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Mina Williams reported that the three TCEQ commissioners will meet on February 25 in Austin to decide if they will grant Goliad County’s request for a contested case hearing on the Uranium Energy Corporation’s (UEC’s) permit application to mine uranium in Goliad County.

Also, Mina announced that the final scheduled TCEQ stakeholder meeting for receiving input on rule revisions for uranium mining in Texas would be held on February 4. She, Venice Scheurich, and Teresa Carrillo plan to attend. Venice, on behalf of CBSC, will make a statement urging TCEQ to improve the current method of sampling to obtain locations for baseline water wells in the production zone of the mining areas. These baseline wells provide data which determine the extent to which groundwater should be restored after mining. The record shows that only one time in over 20 years of in situ uranium mining in Texas has water been restored to the levels agreed to by mining companies when their permits were granted.

Pat expressed her deep appreciation to these members for their work on uranium mining. She also expressed gratitude to members of other committees on priority issues. These include Las Brisas, Wetlands, Industrial Air Emissions, Earth Day/Bay Day, and Lone Star Sierra statewide priorities. CBSC is always indebted to our webmaster, Cheryl McGrath.

Hal Suter has been selected to serve as chair of Lone Star Sierra’s Executive Committee. He is in Washington D.C. this week as a Texas representative at the Green Job’s Conference. Linda Price-May will represent CBSC in working on wetlands loss with the New Bays Plan and Theodore Roosevelt Partnership.

Joyce Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove continue to serve with Pat on the local industrial committees. They keep up with local air monitoring by attending meetings of the Long-Term Health Committee, and they report regularly on local benzene emissions.

Lois Huff, Executive Director of Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF), reported that this year’s Earth Day/Bay Day will be on April 14 at McCaughan Park and McGee Beach. Planning is underway and she hopes CBSC will help with financing the event. Lois also reminded members of the February 9 Coastal Issues Forum at TAMUCC’s Truan Natural Resources Center at 5:30 pm. Dr. Alvaro Martinez, of TAMUK, will speak on The Impact of Mercury Emissions. More information on CBBF events can be found at


Submitted by Venice Scheurich on 2/6/09



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Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Ch. Rep.
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