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South Texas Uranium News - Update 4/26/09

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


                             Ridley Turtle update -5/3/10

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB May 2010 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, May 4 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. This was the final business meeting prior to summer recess; regular meetings will resume in September. Prior to the meeting being called to order by Chairperson Pat Suter, Vice-Chair Mina Williams, on behalf of the CBSC Planning Group, surprised Pat by presenting to her a gift and card expressing the Group’s gratitude and appreciation for Pat’s outstanding leadership. The gift was a beautifully framed picture of two Black-bellied Whistling ducks above an engraved plaque which read:

PAT SUTER

With gratitude for your service and devotion

to the environment and the community

Coastal Bend Sierra Club 2010

After graciously thanking the group for their honor, Pat reminded them that minutes of the April meeting were on the CBSC website, and she asked for the Treasurer’s report. Treasurer Teresa Carrillo reported that because of donations from several members to help pay expenses incurred from CBSC’s participation in Earth Day/Bay Day, the current checking account balance is $1108.84. This is up from last month’s balance of $676.94. The three CD investments current total is $7603.38.

Joyce Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove, who serve on this area’s health and industrial committees, reported that our local industries have continued to improve in cutting down their releases of harmful air emissions. This is true, they think, in part because the local area is so heavily monitored as a result of a federal court ruling which requires that monitors be strategically placed in the local area. Recent EPA reports indicate that other industrial areas across the country are not doing as well in reducing their harmful emissions.

Venice Scheurich reported that the contested case hearing to help decide if Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC) will be granted a permit to conduct in situ uranium mining in Goliad County got underway in Austin on May 3. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appointed by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) has ruled that UEC will have no longer than five days to present its case in Austin this week, and that Goliad will then have up to five days to present its case in Goliad next week.

Mina Williams reported that Lone Star Sierra’s Executive Director Ken Kramer has requested that she and Venice Scheurich write official comments on behalf of the Lone Star Chapter re the recently drafted 2010 Recovery plan for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Both Mina and Venice have worked for the past twelve years in the efforts at Padre Island National Seashore, directed by Dr. Donna Shaver, to restore the Kemp’s ridley population on area Gulf beaches. Members wishing to read the 174-page Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Bi-National Recovery Plan draft document may go to: http://www.fws.gov/kempsridley/.

Teresa Carrillo, member of the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee (ExCom), stated that this summer’s meeting of the ExCom will be held at Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountain State Park near Ft. Davis. Sierrans wishing to attend are encouraged to make reservations very soon. Teresa will get details to Pat Suter immediately, and Pat will notify interested members by e-mail. Pat reminded everyone that all news items and newsletters over the summer will be via e-mail.

Hal Suter, President of the Lone Star Sierra Chapter, is in Washington, D.C., this week attending a planning meeting of the Apollo Alliance. The alliance is composed of environmental, labor, business, and faith groups. The main purpose of this cooperative effort is to create green jobs in the areas of renewable and clean energy.

The Planning Group members were pleased to welcome participation by new members Trudy Morris and Brian Burke. Trudy is well-briefed on air emission issues. She and her husband, attorney Pat Morris, have been deeply involved in the Las Brisas proceedings. Brian has recently moved to Corpus Christi from California and has an interest in water supply and monitoring; he is studying how local and regional water issues can be viewed more holistically.

Lois Huff, Shelley Fox, Teresa Carrillo, and Pat Suter comprise the Membership Appreciation Party Committee. They reported that invitations to all CBSC members will soon be mailed for the event which will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm on Thursday, May 13 at the home of CBSC member Jeanne Adams located at 215 Louisiana. Planning Group members are grateful to Jeanne, not only for graciously offering her lovely home for the party, but also for generously donating all of the decorations and food. Pat urged members to RSVP promptly upon receiving their invitations.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, May 4, 2010 
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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
Kathy Griffith   Membership/Publicity/Audubon
Club Liason
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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      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
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      Mark Scott at Large
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      Work: (361) 985-2004
      Home: (361) 814-9220
      Business Address: 5026 Holly Road, 78411
                                

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    Solomon Ortiz, Jr., District 33
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