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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


                             Ridley Turtle update - 4/13/10

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB March 2011 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm on Tuesday, March 15 at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After opening the meeting, Chairperson Pat Suter stated that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website and that she would send a draft of today’s minutes by e-mail to planning group members as soon as she receives them. Pat then called for the treasurer’s report from Teresa Carrillo, who stated that the checking account balance is $1301.67 and that the status of the three CD’s is the same as last month.

Pat then made several announcements and called on committee chairs to comment on their activities.

She reminded members that Earth Day/Bay Day will be at the TAMUCC campus and that CBSC will again be a co-sponsor. She has paid the $500 fee from funds that were left in Ken Jobe’s will, with the understanding that they be used for environmental work. Pat has requested that the event sign indicate that the CBSC co-sponsorship is in memory of Ken Jobe.

On another matter, Pat has contacted the head of the city’s recycling program about the possibility of our CBSC group’s touring the recycling operations facility and she reported that he is enthusiastic about that. She will request that the tour be arranged on the third Tuesday of April or May and notify members by e-mail when the date and time are definite.

Teresa Carrillo, who serves on the Lone Star Sierra Club’s Executive Committee (ExCom) and who chaired this year’s awards banquet committee, announced that winners will be honored at the banquet in Austin on April 9. She announced that local attorney Pat Morris, who will receive the Chapter Conservation Award for his many hours of work on the Las Brisas case, will be among the honorees. Other awards and winners as well as details of the banquet can be found on the Lone Star Sierra website.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich, who follow activity by uranium mining companies in South Texas, reported news from several counties. Goliad County has been notified that TCEQ has approved the Aquifer Exemption (AE) request from Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC). However, UEC cannot begin

in situ mining unless the EPA also approves the AE. Mina and Venice also reported on developments in Kleberg, Duval, Live Oak, and Bee counties. In Kleberg, County Judge Angelica Hernandez, after a hearing in 105th District Court, ruled that the case between Kleberg County and Uranium Resources Inc. (URI) will be decided by a jury with a trial scheduled to begin in November. In Duval County, UEC has filed a permit application with TCEQ to begin production in PAA 2 at the La Palagana Mine. Members of that county’s recently established groundwater conservation district hosted a public meeting in San Diego on March 11 for the purpose of hearing a TCEQ presentation on that agency’s role in regulating uranium mining. In addition, citizens in Bee and Live Oak counties have requested information on potential effects of in situ uranium mining on groundwater.

Joyce Jarmon, Edith Cosgrove, and Pat regularly attend meetings of the community’s Long Term Health Group. Joyce reported that TCEQ officials made a presentation on air-emissions monitoring in the local refinery area. Since there had been a spike of benzene measured at the Hailey monitor for a short period in February, meeting attendees were hoping that the officials would announce the source of that spike; however, the TCEQ representatives have thus far not been able to determine that.

Lois Huff will again this year serve as coordinator of the community Environmental Candidate Forum. She announced that planners hope that the site will be Del Mar College and she stated that the likely date will be April 27 or 28. Lois is also the Sierra representative on the planning committee for the April 30 water conference, which will be from 8:30 am until noon at TAMUCC. Among the topics discussed will be groundwater management, surface water, aquifer recovery, and hydraulic fracturing. More details of this conference can be found on the League of Women Voters website.

In final announcements, Pat reminded members that today’s local newspaper lists all candidates for upcoming city elections. She also stated that she would contact Jeanne Adams, who has again offered her home for the May CBSC party, to arrange the date—possibly May 12. Teresa Carrillo has offered to arrange the silent auction, which will occur that evening.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, March 15, 2011

 

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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

  Cheryl McGrath      Webmaster
 
csmcgrath@earthlink.net
             

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  • Texas State Legislature Online

    • City of Corpus Christi

      Mayor Joe Adame                             District 1 Kevin Kieschnick email:  joea@cctexas.com                 email:kkieschnick.cc@stx.rr.com                         


      Brent Chesney at Large                     Nelda Martinez at Large
      brentjchesney@aol.com                       nelda@neldamartinez.com

      Mark Scott at Large
      mscott@sanjacintotitle.com
      Work: (361) 985-2004
      Home: (361) 814-9220
      Business Address: 5026 Holly Road, 78411
                                

             District 2  John Marez                               District 3 Pricilla Leal   
           
    johnmarezdistrict2@yahoo.com                  pricillalealatdistrict3@yahoo.com  


             District 4 Chris Alder
             email:
    cadler106@gmail.com
                                                      
            District 5 Larry Elizondo                                   
            email: LRElizondoSr@Hotmail.com                  



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    State Rep.________
    P.O. Box 2910
    Austin, TX 78768-2910

    Solomon Ortiz, Jr., District 33
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    (361) 857-0838 or (361) 225-3060
    Mail:
    P.O. Box 270909
    Corpus Christi, Texas 78427


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           Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa        Commissioner Jerry Patterson
            P.O. Box 12068                                 GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
            Austin, TX 78711-2068                      Austin, Texas 78701

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This page was last updated on 04/19/11.

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