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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB September 2008 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met on Tuesday, September 2 from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members and reminded them that minutes of the May meeting, the last one prior to the summer recess, are posted on the CBSC website. Pat’s news that Membership Chair, Kathy Griffith, is making good progress in her recovery from recent heart bypass surgery was welcomed by members.

In her report, Treasurer Teresa Carrillo stated that the checking account balance is approximately $1271 and that there are funds in three CD’s containing a total of approximately $7278. Two of these are invested with the Navy/Army Federal Credit Union and the third is invested at the IBC Bank. Pat Suter reported that there were expenses related to publishing and mailing the newsletter and stated that several members had made contributions recently to help defray this cost.

Political Chair and Coastal Bend Sierra Representative to Lone Star Sierra’s Executive Committee, Hal Suter, is Chair of the Lone Star Sierra Nominating Committee. He announced that four positions on the Ex Com will be open this fall. Three current Ex Com members, David Griggs, Margo Clark, and Teresa Carrillo, have agreed to stand for reelection. Members interested in running for one of these positions have until October 1 to submit their names to the Nominating Committee for consideration. Hal also reminded the group of the November general election and stated that Sierra has endorsed all three of this area’s representatives, Juan Garcia, Abel Hererro, and Solomon Ortiz, Jr., for reelection. Hal reminded us that we need to work to support the campaigns of these candidates.

In other committee reports, Joyce Jarmon, who attended a recent update meeting of the industrial area, reported that air monitors show benzene emissions continue to decrease. Pat Suter reported that recycling is a main area of interest in the work of Corpus Christi’s Clean City Committee. Venice Scheurich reported another record year for Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests on the Texas coast where the count this year is 195—compared to the previous high recorded last year of 128.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich reported that TCEQ is presently drafting new regulations for uranium mining and that there will be a public meeting in Austin on September 16 when TCEQ officials will take comments on the draft rules. Written comments will also be accepted until October 6. Hal Suter moved that Mina and Venice be authorized to write the Coastal Bend Sierra’s official position statement on these proposed regulations. Teresa Carrillo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Mina, Pat, and Venice also reported on the recent formation of the Alliance of Texans for Uranium Research and Action (ALTURA). South Texas Opposes Pollution (STOP) and Uranium Information at Goliad (UIAG) were the first two groups to join ALTURA. Lone Star Sierra’s Communications Director, Donna Hoffman, spearheaded the formation of the alliance, whose Mission Statement is:

ALTURA, through research, education, and outreach, seeks to protect

our citizens, our natural resources, and our economies from uranium

exploration and mining contamination in the State of Texas.

Teresa Carrillo moved, with a second by Joyce Jarmon, that Coastal Bend Sierra Club join ALTURA. The motion passed unanimously.

Prior to adjourning, Pat reminded members of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) meeting to be held at the Natural Resources Center, Rm. 1003, TAMUCC on Monday, September 8 at 5:30 pm.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich



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