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www.kentucky.sierraclub.org Volume 35, Issue 7 July 2002 TheCumberland S I E R R A C L U B • K E N T U C K Y Canine Search and Rescue 101 An Outing That Went to the Dogs — by Janet Worne the source. magine that all lost people, But this trail is as invisible to I dead or alive, leave behind a trail of neon signs pointing the way to find them. Imag- ine how easy they would be to locate. And if that were the case, us as neon signs are to blindfold - ed searchers. Consider the search dog. On average dogs have 44 times the scent receptors that humans do can you imagine anyone even and a larger portion of their attempting to find them blind- brains are devoted to interpret- folded? ing the data collected. It would Just as obvious to dogs is an take 48 trained ground airborne scent trail consisting of searchers to clear an area in the dead skin cells known as rafts, same amount of time it takes which are discarded by humans one dog and handler. Why would Janet Worne helped Steve Fisher’s dog, Chama, with a puppy runaway during her search and res- at the rate of 40,000 per minute. anyone attempt to find a person cue dog outing. These rafts are carried on the lost in the wilderness without a trained search dog? ing to face grieving families The process of training a wind from a victim in a cone while they wait for us to find Dakhota and I have been a search dog is a load of fun if you shape with the narrow end at their loved ones. It’s also five search team for five years. enjoy being with your dog. And That’s five years of calls at two years of playing games with my the beginning exercises are real- in the morning, dodging snakes, dog, which brings me to the sub- ly nothing more than playing briars and poison ivy, and hav- ject of my recent dog outing. (continued on page 4) Clean Water Act: Time for the Lawyers tucky River. Subject to comment $25,000 to the Nature Conser- — by Hank Graddy from the DOJ, if all three are vancy in Kentucky to support ithin the last approved as submitted, these their efforts to preserve and pro- W 30 day s the Sierra Club has sent three proposed settlement agreements to the court and to the settlements will 1) end a long series of water discharge permit tect the Kentucky River Pal- isades. One additional benefit resulted when one defen- dant tried to dismiss the United States Depart- lawsuit with a challenge to ment of Justice (DOJ) Sierra Club standing. Judge for comment and Joseph Hood found that the approval. These three Sierra Club had standing to settlement agreements pursue the Clean Water Act were reached with the enforcement case, based Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frank- violations from all three facili- upon, in part, our members’ fort, the City of Eminence, and ties, 2) provide stipulated penal- well-documented interest in the City of Carrollton, all facili- ties if permit violations persist, ties discharging into the Ken- and 3) result in payments of (continued on page 4) page 2 The Cumberland July 2002 Group News GROUP LEARNS A LOCALLY-PRODUCED ORIENTEERING POTLUCK N o one disappeared on Gary T he Pennyrile Group had a spe- Calery’s farm, so his orienteer- cial meeting/potluck program ing day can be labeled a grand on June 15 in Owensboro at the success. On May 25, fourteen folks home of member Chester Ward. We M A M M O T H C A V E learned com- PENNYRILE enjoyed pass and ori- grilled burg- enteering ers from skills while grass-fed beef navigating on raised and Donna Leach Gobbler’s Mary Kay King processed by Danaena Rue and Oscar Geralds at Sierra Club booth at Arbor Day for Lexington/UK Arboretum. 270-725-8581 270-691-0822 Knob, a high Ohio County overlook on the Calery farm. Gary farmer Larry Sansom, who does not ed parties to attend this meeting and said that he was pleased with both the use feed antibiotics or synthetic hor- I LOVE A PARADE. . . learn more about the issues. Recent turnout and with the orienteering mones. Many thanks to Chester for discussions have involved the Daniel S course. Those that know Gary well supplying the burgers for the June how your patriotic side and have Boone Forest Plan Revision, Kentucky find it rather amusing that he chose meeting; potluck side dishes were lots of fun in downtown Lexing- Tri-Modal Transpark, newly proposed to teach orienteering, since he is contributed by other members. ton on July 4th. Volunteers are power plants in Kentucky and much notorious for getting himself lost. In Chester also presented the pro- needed to march in th e parade more. Our next meeting will be fact, his Boy Scout Troop members gram on organic gardening and land- B L U E G R A S S behind our Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 p.m. at the used to make up stories and songs to scaping, using his yard for Sierra Club home of Hilary Lambert, Co-Conserva- commemorate their fearless leader’s demonstration and show- banner that tion Chair. If you are interested in directional mishaps in the woods. and-tell. Since May’s afternoon attending, please contact Hilary at Summer outings for the Mam- meeting featured mem- and/or to run (859) 255-8216, or Patty Draus, Co- Amy Stawicki the Bluegrass moth Cave Group include Car- ber Aloma Dew leading 859-225-9976 Chair at (859) 299-5669, for more olyn McMillan’s sailing trip on a discussion on “Eating Group infor- information. Meetings are open to the Barren River on July 13-14 as a Moral Choice,” mation booth for a shift between 9:00 members and non-members alike. and Barbara Pinson’s whitewa- facilitated by essays a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please contact Jay Bluegrass Book Group ter rafting trip on the Nanta- from writer/farmer/ Taylor, Group Chair, at (502) 867- The book for July is “Far Appalla- hela River in North Carolina, on agrarian Wendell Berry, 1899 to sign up! cia” by Noah Adams. Literature lovers July 26-28. Barbara is also leading a we tried to plan the June potluck Meeting Updates are invited to join this friendly gather- canoe trip on the Red River, in Adams, around locally produced foods. If you would like to see the Blue- ing and you don’t have to read the Tennessee on August 10. For more The Pennyrile Group meets on the grass Group’s decision-making whole book to enjoy the lively conver- information on these outings or to reg- 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. process, then we invite you to attend sion. The next book Sierra Club book ister, call Carolyn at 270-598-0588 and in Room 151 of the Ralph Center, our monthly Business Meeting (also discussion will be 7:00 pm Thursday, Barbara at 270-725-9652. located at the corner of South Griffith known as “ex comm”). These are usu- July 18, at the home of Ray and Mary July’s program topic is caving. Avenue and College Street on the cam- ally held on the first Monday of each Barry. Contact Ray & Mary at (859) Regular meetings of the Mammoth pus of Kentucky Wesleyan College. We month. Our next meeting will be July 223-0180 or Katherine Ginting at Cave Group are held the third Thurs- are trying to schedule a special “field 1, 7:00 p.m. The location is the Faith (859) 299-7446 for more information. day of each month, at 7 p.m. in the trip” for the July or August meeting in House, 836 Melrose Ave. Please con- tact Jay Taylor, Group Chair, at (502) Basil Griffin Park’s Educational Build- ing, Bowling Green. The group wel- lieu of the regular meeting location, so check with Mary Kay King about a 867-1899. As always, the meeting is IT’S SUMMER: comes all newcomers. meeting change. free and open to the public. TIME TO MEET AND EAT Our General Meeting is always the O third Monday of each month. The next n Saturday, July 6th, Con- The one will be held on Monday, July 15, gressman Kucinich will speak Cumberland A monthly publication of the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club, Kentucky 7:30 p.m. at Shriner’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Rd. in Lexington (one mile at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, after a 5:30 cookout on the 259 West Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507, 859-255-7946, Fax 859-233-4099, E-Mail OGeralds@lexkylaw. com Editorial Committee Change of Address Contributors’ Guidelines inside New Circle Road). Check the GREATER LOUISVILLE Belvedere Betsy Bennett Lane Boldman Send old and new addresses with Please submit articles typed, on disk, or Herald-Leader ‘Community’ section on sponsored by Oscar Geralds Steve McCallum mailing label (or member number) to: e-mailed to address above, according to EarthSave for Monica Stoch Janet Worne Sierra Club the following: the Wednesday prior for more infor- Mary Nell McGary Carol Von Lanken P.O. Box 52968 1. Double-spaced, not to exceed 700 mation, or call Program Chair Lewis a meat-based Susie Catchen Boulder, CO 80322-2968 words (3 double-spaced pages.) 2. Author’s first and last names, day and Warden for directions and program planet. Advertising Coordinator: Deadlines evening phone numbers at the top. Joan Lindop Dennis Lane Boldman The deadline for all materials is the 3. Articles on disk should be accompa- details, (859) 312-5622. Our meetings 502-228-0016 114 Woodford Village Drive first Thursday of the month. Due to nied by double-spaced hard copy. are free and open to the public. Kucinich (D- Lexington, KY 40504 859-252-3422 the holiday, the deadline date for sub- mission of articles to If e-mailing, please send a copy to email@example.com. Our Conservation Committee OH) will speak at 7:30 in the Bomhard Outings Coordinator: the August 2002 The editor reserves the right to trim or meets on the last Wednesday of the Theater. He is the dynamic leader of Darren Payne issue of The Cumber- the Progressive Caucus of the Democ- P.O. Box 533 land is July 3, 2002. revise for reasons of clarity, space or month. We invite you to join us and libel. Mount Sterling, KY 40353 increase support from our volunteer ratic Party. He combines a powerful 606-498-5894 The Cumberland is printed on base. We welcome any and all interest- activism with a spiritual sense of the recycled paper. Visit us on the web at www.kentucky.sierraclub.org (continued on page 3) The Cumberland July 2002 page 3 required by federal law to revise the The Northern Kentucky Sentinels Report permit when violations occur. This has — by Heather Mayfield not happened. In fact, even though Northern Kentucky International Air- state monitoring reports have con- T he Northern Kentucky Water port. The Sentinels think that this pol- firmed numerous discharge violations Sentinels have been busy final- lution is a direct result of the Kentucky in the past five years for which the air- izing their goals for 2002-2003 Division of Water’s failure to enforce port was never cited, the KDOW is since receiving the good news that federal water quality standards. For ready to re-issue the exact same “pol- their project is funded for another example, a permit enforced by the luting” permit to the Kenton County year! KDOW in 1997 to “clean up” the two Airport Board that it issued in 1997. One campaign that the Sentinels creeks allows the airport to discharge This is unacceptable, especially since will continue pursuing involves Gun- pollutants that often exceed EPA guide- pollution in Gunpowder Creek spread powder and Elijah’s Creeks, which lines. Ironically, deicing fluid is not the farthest it had ever been in nine have been severely polluted by deicing even listed as one of these pollutants! years in May 2001. The Sentinels, fluid from the Greater Cincinnati Furthermore, the KDOW is along with Licking River Watershed Watch, opposed the proposed “pollut- ing” permit at a public hearing on May 7. The hearing received some excellent local media coverage, which has prompted some residents who live close to Gunpowder Creek to come for- ward with their concerns. The Sentinels are trying to coordi- nate a monitoring taskforce comprised of these concerned citizens, and will use the data they collect to show that Gunpowder and Elijah’s Creeks are still severely polluted because the Division of Water has failed to enforce the Clean Water Act. v Gunpowder Creek. Group News... duction on our panel, including chem- ical vs. organic, use of hormones and fun! A special invitation goes out to members who’ve joined or become (continued from page 2) antibiotics, genetic modification, small active in our group over the last year. interconnectedness of all living things. vs. large farms and fast food vs. slow. The annual picnic is a perfect oppor- His holistic world view is expressed in On our panel are Dan Franz, a local tunity for long time members to get terms of the environment, peace, pub- organic farmer; Stephen Bartlett, Latin reacquainted with fellow Sierrans. lic service and human rights. America Liaison for Agricultural Mis- Please reserve by calling Ron Lusby at On Tuesday, July 16th, our sions, National Council of Churches; (859) 635-9221. monthly meeting will feature Sarah Patrick Henry, chef at Artemisia, and Gearing up for your next backpack Lynn Cunningham’s slides of wildflow- a representative from Kroger. Greg into the woods? Then you won’t want ers blooming in the Alpine and sub- Gapsis of the Floyd County Planning to miss our Northern Kentucky Group Alpine regions of the Colorado Rockies. Commission will moderate. Meeting on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 On, Saturday, July 20th, come to The doors of the Hoosier Room p.m. at Thomas More College. One of our social dinner for a taste of the Mid- will open at noon for an indoor farm- the most important lessons to learn dle East at Babylon, a new South end ers’ market and refreshments. The about backpacking centers around restaurant. Then we’re off to enjoy the panel discussion will start at 1:30 p.m. food. So we’ll start our evening with a Kentucky Music Fest at nearby Iro- For more information, call 923-9700 backpacking style potluck. Partici- quois Park. For information call Vir- or 944-6290. pants should bring a “simple” dish to ginia at (502) 380-3833. share (along with the recipe if there is Food: The Rural/Urban Connection DON’T MISS THE one). Also bring your backpack filled Sunday, August 11, at noon at with your gear and other items like Indiana University South, Hoosier ANNUAL GROUP PICNIC photos and books for sharing and dis- Room. Buy fresh local produce and cussion. Soft drinks and dessert will be T he Annual Northern Kentucky meet farmers from all over the Ken- provided. Group Picnic will be on Thurs- tuckiana area and listen to a panel dis- day, July 11, at Tower Park in cussion of experts on various aspects ••• Fort Thomas. The picnic starts at of food production and distribution. No news was received from the NORTHERN 7:00 p.m. Trash Force, Inc. of New Albany is Great Rivers Group. Call Bob Lewis at with a proud to present the first in a series of (270) 388-5697 for information. potluck din- public education programs on environ- ner, followed mental issues. Have you ever won- ••• by an easy dered what happens to your food from Claudia Hilligoss The Highlands Group is presently hike on Fort the time the farmer plants the seed to 859-689-5706 inactive. Thomas’ His- the time it reaches your plate? We’ll v torical Tree Trail. All members and be exploring many issues of food pro- their guests are invited to join the page 4 The Cumberland July 2002 with lots of praise, reward and dog-gone..! excitement. (continued from page 1) When the dog masters this he graduates to running after some- hide and seek, runaway, and bal- one other than the handler. ancing on logs. Eventually the dog learns that Including Dakhota we had the object of the game is to find a eight dogs on the outing. We person and if you make sure that hiked the Rock Bridge Trail in the wind is taking the victim’s the Red River Gorge, which by scent toward the dog, he soon the way, is the perfect trail for learns to find by smell rather dogs because there are plenty of than by sight. Other games can opportunities for the dogs to be made of finding an object that cool off in the creek. Then we has your scent on it, a talent that found a nice spot to eat lunch pays off when you drop your and play games. keys or cell phone in tall grass. We started with agility exer- Obviously there is a lot more cises. The forest obliged us with to training a search dog than plenty of fallen trees to walk on, Lucas Stone and Donna DePenning helped their dog, McKenzie, with an agility exercise on a dog puppy runaways, but it’s a begin- jump over and sit/stay on. Then outing in the Red River Gorge. ning and it’s fun even if search we took the first step in search and rescue is not your goal. All dog training — the puppy run- favorite toy or treat. A helper anxious to follow, is released the participants seemed to enjoy a w a y. First the handler plays restrains the dog while the han- with the command “Go find” themselves, which made the out- with his dog, building excite- dler runs away and ducks and he runs to where the han- ing a success because that was ment by teasing the dog with a behind a tree. The dog, by now dler disappeared. The dog is met the whole point. v ject to a court ordered stay, final compliance date of Decem- Division of Wa t e r, seeking to clean water... based on representations made ber 1, 2004. prevent the Sierra Club from (continued from page 1) by the city to the court. These cases are significant having jurisdiction to prosecute Over a three and a half year victories for clean water and the these actions. These steps were using and cleaning up the Ken- period from late 1997 through Clean Water Act. In addition to not successful. tucky River. early 2001, we alleged, based on the finding that Sierra Club had The law firm of Terris, Prav- These agreed settlements U S E PA records, that Buffalo standing to enforce the Act, lik & Millian, LLP, with offices in r esult ed from enforcement Tra ce committed 3,0 58 dis- another benefit resulted. In both Washington, D.C., one of the actions that the Sierra Club and charge violations and four the Eminence action and Car- nation’s premier environmental the American Canoe Association reporting violations. Most of rollton action, after the 60-day law firms, represented the Sier- commenced on March 19, 2001, these were from one outfall, letter was sent, both cities ra Club and American Canoe when we mailed letters giving #007. On September 19, 2001, quickly entered into settlement Association. v these defendants 60 days notice Buffalo Trace ended all dis- agreements with the Kentucky of our intent to sue. In addition charge from outfall # 007 by to the above three defendants, connecting to the Frankfort letters were also sent to Pontiki Coal Corporation (alleged 3,128 sewage treatment plant. We alleged that these records docu- MOVING? discharge violations in Martin mented that Eminence commit- Please take us along! County), US Corps of Engi- ted 3,074 discharge violations neers/Lake Barkley Canal Camp- and 32 reporting violations in ground (alleged 2,113 discharge that same period. Based upon Attach current mailing label violations in Lyon County), Tur- modifications made in the oper- fway Race Track (alleged 3,130 ation of the Eminence plant, we here and write in discharge violations in Boone believe these violations will end, new address below. County) and the City of Louisa and there are stipulated penal- (alleged 5,968 discharge viola- ties if they do not. We alleged Name ________________________________________________ tions). Three of these facilities that Carrollton commit ted promptly ended their discharges 1,883 discharge violations and Address ________________________________________________ by ceasing operations or by con- 12 reporting violations in that necting to a publicly owne d period. The consent decree rec- City ________________________________________________ sewage treatment plant, and ognizes that Carrollton is con- these facilities were not sued structing a new waste treatment State __________________ Zip ______________________________ after the 60 day period. The liti- facility, and includes milestones gation against the City of Louisa and performance requirements Sierra Club • P.O. Box 52968 • Boulder, CO 80322-2968 is still pending, but is now sub- and stipulated penalties, with a The Cumberland July 2002 page 5 Sierrans Prove to be Stewards of the Land D ear Sierrans: I just want to group’s “can-do” attitude. Consid- thank you again for your ering the weather that Friday night help building the spur trail and Saturday morning, your from our proposed parking lot cheerfulness is testament to posi- site and for giving the existing tive thought. I get such a boost trail a good going over at working with all and the Commis- Brigadoon State Nature Preserve. sion certainly benefits too. Now that the trail is ready, we Looking forward to our next only have to get the parking lot adventure... surely we are due a built and we can open the pre- dry day! serve to the public. As always, I am impressed with Sincerely, the work ethic and determination Joyce Bender of the Sierra Club. Lane Linnen Branch Manager, Kentucky State Kohl got a good introduction to the Nature Preserves Commission Dave Kanapell (L) and Chris Smigell (R) are ready to hit the trail on Carol Von Lanken and Darren and Martha Payne’s Brigadoon service trip. Diane Furry and Jay Taylor clear out overgrowth along the Sheltowee Trace. Jay Taylor and Nicholas Braden clean out an overgrown section of the Sheltowee Trace for Trails Day. Dave Kanapell and his chainsaw cleared the trail at Brigadoon Nature Preserve. page 6 The Cumberland July 2002 Here are some things we can Life After the End of the Oil Age sucking air there will be unimag- inable chaos in America, more do as a community: localize our food production and return to than in other countries because — by Jerry Redden we are terribly addicted to oil. using more human labor. We The question is, what are we must resist the rising cry for emember back around be sooner. There are signs that R going to do about it? How are we more nuclear power. 1970 when we were told it’s happening right now: climb- going to prepare for the next Here are some things we can that Planet Earth’s oil ing gasoline prices, electricity age? The people who sur- do as an individuals: well was near empty? shortages, and skyrock- vive the transition to • Get physically and mentally We turned off lights, insulated eting heating bills. the next age will be fit — when the going gets houses, and reordered our trans- Some think our the ones who ar e tough the tough get goin’. portation system. The results present warring living closer to • Downsize; strive to live clos- were remarkable: energy use, times is a lot R.I.P. er t o the earth. Don’t let especially gasoline, dropped about oil. nat ure. Ye s , humanity will be motors and engines do all markedly. But then Ronald Rea- I see it as thinned but let’s your wor k for y ou; they gan barreled into the White “good news” face it, “there are cheat you out of a healthy House and convinced us there that the Oil Age too many humans.” and happy lifestyle. was nothing to worry about. is co ming to a I’ll not wait for • Use good judgment in dealing lt seems the attitude of the close when I factor our leaders to tell me with the one eyed monster; general public is that we have an in global warming. I to get braced for an oil through repeated advertise- unending supply of oil. Our lead- ask you, is there any- shortage. They will be too busy ments and the power of sug- ers encourage us to burn more body out there, who doesn’t fighting a hard and dirty war, gestion, the humans with the gas and travel more in an effort believe we humans are influenc- right down to the last greasy most dollars program the to crank up a sick economy. ing the Earth’s climate? The drop. Have you ever stopped to masses to follow like a flock Common sense tells me the only thing worse than running think what it would be like to of sheep. v Oil Age will pass just like the out of oil might be not running Stone Age, Bronze Age and the out of oil. The carbon dioxide we run out of oil? Here’s a line from Iron Age. The experts are pre- create by burning oil continues an article I read lately “trans- dicting the Oil Age will come to to heat the planet. portation is the weak link in any See Scenic an end around 2012. That’s only It is reasonable to believe economy: choke off the oil and a w w w. ke n t u c k y . ten years from now and it could that when the oil pumps begin country quickly seizes.” s i e r r a c l u b. o r g Until Then, Watch Your Speed... national and local pedestrian fatality statistic. Locally, we average one pedestrian hit by a — by Jackie Green son, she wanted to cross the car per day. As I approached on my bicy- T he other day I watched an road at that intersection. elderly lady with a walking Nat ional statistics ran cle, I tried to estimate the speed cane try to cr oss Bard- through my head. Cars and of the cars passing on my left — stown Road in Louisville. Her trucks kill about 5,000 too fast for a three-legged lady. pace was measured and American According to a U.S. Department careful, but mo stly, pedestrians of Transportation study, raising just slow — too slow per year. average traffic speed limits 10 for a four- l a n e Mea- miles per hour doubles the road. She was at sured pedestrian death rate. a minor inter- by col- H a p p i l y, a car slowed as it section with no lision approached and then stopped. I traffic light, no deaths too, stopped. With half of the crosswalk. The per lanes blocked, she stepped off nearest traffic mile the curb and began to make her light and crosswalk traveled, way across the p avement in were four blocks it is 36 faith. Other cars slowed to a away. At her pace, four times more stop, and once again the chicken blocks down to the light dangerous to proved to the possum that it and then four blocks back up walk than to be in a could be done. would have taken thirty min- car. If you are still driving, slow utes. Perhaps she didn’t have Twenty-one percent of those down, stop for pedestrians, don’t the time to walk the eight who died in urban traffic acci- force pedestrians into the street blocks, maybe she lacked the dents were pedestrians. I knew by parking on the sidewalk. strength, but for whatever rea- this lady was going to become a v The Cumberland July 2002 page 7 Spirituality: Technological advances are not the same as wisdom — by Dan Trabue thinking more visible than in our we will buy simplicity only if it has ion paradigm is more popular than long for a wis do m that I relationship to the land. We per- been properly marketed by the the ideal of sustainability, we are stands distinctly apart from haps realize, intellectually, that right high-profile athlete in a pair likely to end up with ever-increas- the effluence of knowledge our food, clothing and of rather stylish simulated- ing knowledge and ever-decreasing that pervades our Technolo- goods come (somehow leather tennis shoes. wisdom to know how to handle it. gy Age. We need to rediscover or the other) from Given these sets of con- We, the people of this planet, old and reliable tenets — wis- the land, but when ditions, I despair that need the wisdom to live in harmo- dom that counts time in seasons, you get right down a corporate re-educa- ny with the world and not in not in nanoseconds. to it, we believe tion of our place in dominion. We need to emulate the With the explosion of knowl- that all of our the world could be a Amish who neither embrace nor edge we’ve experienced since stuff comes from rather long, drawn- reject technology, but who keep entering the computer age has the store, double- out process. technological advances firmly at come a specialization of thinking. wrapped in plas- Educating our arm’s length. We need to be ready We’ve lost hope of being a Renais- tic. As We n d e l l society to look at and willing to investigate new sance society and have settled on Berry said in his the big picture envi- technological breakthroughs and, knowing one or two things without book, “A Continu- ronmentally could be only after careful deliberations, be exposing ourselves to an assort- ous Harmony”: “Our something akin to the prepared to answer the question: ment of the wonders that are there model citizen is a centuries it took to con- Does this meet the criteria of long for us to explore, if we only would. sophisticate who before vince white Americans that term sustainability? The problem with this specializa- puberty understands how to pro- black Americans should not be If not, then we as a people tion of knowledge is that it can too duce a baby, but who at the age of enslaved and that they are, need the fortitude and discipline easily lead to a narrowness in 30 will not know how to produce a indeed, humans worthy of respect to state, “No! We will not accept thinking. potato.” and equal rights (and, of course, any discovery, any legislature or We already have too many We have removed ourselves we have yet to arrive to where we any labor-saving device that specialists who are quite capable from the land to focus on our need to be in that area). inhibits our ability to sustain the of inventing a new and deadly pes- work, whatever that may be, and it What we need is a revival-like land to meet the needs of those ticide but who are unable or has been to our detriment. Were conversion; a call to personal who come after us.” unwilling to calculate the long we to repent of the sin of separat- accountability, to own up to envi- In the end, this is the only log- term, wide-ranging effects of the ing ourselves from the land, ronmental problems and not pass ical, morally correct and wise road use of their chemicals. This spe- changes could occur. However, I them off only to “those smoke- to travel. Lord, grant us wisdom. cialization of thinking has caused fear that there is little desire in the belching, stream-polluting facto- us to not question basic tenets of Western world to even acknowl- ries,” as I think many are wont to Reprinted from Leo with the the Popular Religion (that which edge it as sin. do. We are in trouble environmen- a u t h o r ’s permission. Dan is a most of us believe and practice) We like our veggies pre-cooked tally precisely because we like our computer cartographer and free- that should be questioned. Not and shrink-wrapped; we take com- veggies pre-cooked and shrink- lance writer. He lives in Louisville only do we not question it, we can- fort in knowing that all we have to wrapped, our garbage to neatly with his wife, two children and a not think of any intelligent ques- do to get rid of our garbage is to disappear and our simplicity mar- dog. 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HB 174 didn’t include contain- Introduced by Rep. Draud as Tire Disposal and Hazardous we tracked (i.e. Sierra Club as er deposits and the advanced dis- HB 540, Ernie Harris strengthened Waste Fees: The state waste tire part of the Kentucky Conserva- posal fees on fast food and bever- it in the Senate. It returned to the fee, set to expire this year, was tion Committee), 12 favorable age containers were dropped in House as SB 257, where further renewed. This dollar per tire fee is and two unfavorable became law. negotiations with the Senate, improvements were added. used to clean up waste tire dumps. Being an even numbered year which dramatically reduced fund- This law requires a siting The state hazardous waste it was longer than last year but saw ing. Nevertheless, it is a positive review for all new power plants assessment fee was also renewed fewer bills. The percentage of bills step forward. for two more years. Sierra we rated “support” was unusually We now have a dedi- Club had sought permanent high: 40 support to 15 oppose. The cated source of funding to authorization as opposed to power plant siting bill was proba- deal with a limited set of the biennial battle for bly the most significant environ- solid waste issues. The renewal that has been its mental bill passed in recent years $1.75 per ton increase in l e g a c y. The fees are as well. tipping fees at the state’s imposed on generators of The session saw much partisan landfills will yield 8-9 mil- hazardous waste and are bickering exacerbated by tight lion dollars a year starting used to clean up state prior- budget constraints. It began with a January 2003. ity hazardous waste sites protracted redistricting battle, where the cleanup costs which may be responsible for the This money will be cannot be recovered from lower number of bills. It ended in used for the following pur- the responsible party. an unfinished battle over public poses: Underground Storage funding of gubernatorial races. The • To fund the environ- Tanks: Senate Bill 193, Republican controlled Senate was mental education mas- extending the underground in no mood to pass anything com- ter plan so it can finally storage tank program for ing out of the Democratic con- begin implementation two more years was signed trolled House. of the environmental into law. This program education centers helps fund the cleanup of It Pays to Advertise in across the state. (This sites with leaky under- was one of our top ten ground storage tanks, gener- The Cumberland priorities.) • To finance a $25 mil- ally former gas stations. As originally intro- lion bond issue to duced, the bill would have only $5.00 / column inch begin closing the high- severely limited eligibility (Minimum ad size is 3 inches.) est priority abandoned and created a study to be Column sizes or formerly permitted done by the University of This bridge across the Little Miami river is on the bike trail recently 1 column = 2.29” 3 columns = 7.20” landfills. traveled on a Sierra Club outing. Kentucky to set new 2 columns = 4.75” 4 columns = 9.66” • To prioritize the hun- cleanup standards. As Depth of page = 11” dreds of old landfills for future (with minor exceptions). A panel improved and passed by the Deadlines cleanup. comprising permanent and ad hoc House, it retains the Environmen- Camera ready ad or digital file • To provide matching funds for public membership will do the tal Protection Cabinet’s authority must be submitted by the local efforts to clean up road- review. The law also authorizes to set appropriate cleanup stan- first Thursday of the month side dumps. the Natural Resources Cabinet to dards. for the next month’s issue. • To help local governments review and impose permit condi- Cell Tower Siting: The Passage For advertising info contact clean up roadside litter. tions addressing cumulative of Rep. Steve Riggs’ cell tower sit- Lane Boldman Leadership of both political impacts of power plant permits. ing reform bill improves local con- 114 Woodford Drive, parties recognize the $25 million The reviews apply to all pro- trol over the placement of cell Lexington, KY 40504 bond issue addresses only the top posed sites where actual construc- phone towers. Under the old law, (859) 252-3422 few most urgent landfill closures. tion (not just earth-turning) has the Public Service Commission or Funding closure of the remaining not commenced. Merchant power could override a local planning Oscar H. Geralds, Jr. Cumberland Editorial Board sites awaits future legislative plants must comply with any local and zoning body’s denial of a pro- 259 W. Short Street, action. planning and zoning rules. The sit- posed cell tower. Objectors must Lexington, KY 40507 Power Plant Siting. As with ing board must consider the past now go to state court to override Phone (859) 225-7946 the Brownfields bill last session, environmental history of the com- such decisions. Fax (859) 233-4099 Kentucky Resources Council pany and its capability to manage (continued on page 9) The Cumberland July 2002 page 9 Kentucky Watershed Task Force to Legislature... sage of SB13 is intended to help create markets. study the need for managing the 3.) Projected completion date; 4.) Recommendations on entities (continued from page 8) It encourages public institu- state’s water on a watershed basis; best suited to develop the trail Pine Mountain Trail State tions to purchase Kentucky grown the need for agreements with bor- and best suited to administer Park: HB556 creates a 120 mile products, primarily by giving them der states on managing shared the trail, both short and long long trail dedicated to non-motor- a 5% cost advantage in the com- watersheds; and the possibility of term. ized use as part of a state park petitive bidding process. It also agreements with the owners of Organic Certification: HB 350 atop the crest of Pine Mountain sets up a pilot project within the impounded waters to manage requires the Office for Agricultural from Breaks Interstate Park to State Parks to purchase Kentucky them to further state and local Marketing and Product Promotion Cumberland Gap National Park. to establish an Organic Agricultur- The legislation started out to al Product Certification Program. define a 1000 ft wide corridor but was limited to 250 ft between Bad Retreats Branch Nature Preserve and Pine Secret Pollution: Rep. Gooch’s Mountain State Resort Park and HB 367 makes documents submit- from 100 to 250 ft continuing ted to any state agency under the from there to Cumberland Gap. Agricultural Water Quality Act The change was made in response confidential. Under the act, all to concerns from local land own- farms must submit a water quality ers. It’s important because, plan. These plans can now only be although it is designated as a viewed by the Ag. Water Quality scenic trail, the viewshed is Authority, not the general public. defined to end at the park bound- Documents applying for financial ary. The legislation forbids using assistance are exempted. The the actual view from the trail to courts must decide to waive confi- control activity outside the park dentiality where there is evidence boundaries. The Parks Dept. is not of noncompliance. prohibited from purchasing, leas- Emissions Te s t i n g : HB 618 ing or obtaining easements of land effectively eliminates Ve h i c l e outside this corridor, however. Cyclists dry off after an impromptu thunderstorm while riding along the Little Miami River. Emissions Testing (VET) in Jeffer- Other concerns of local son County by Nov 2003. The landowners were addressed. For grown food and horticultural goals. While not earth shattering VET program was initiated example, the law also allows for items. progress, it is a sign that the legis- because Louisville was not meet- the Parks Dept. to establish side At the eleventh hour, in lature may one-day understand the ing EPA established air quality tails for access to the trail and House-Senate negotiations, provi- importance of the watershed standards. If Jefferson County falls points of interest, but prohibits sions were added which ban the approach to managing water out of compliance again, which is the use of eminent domain to use of the additive MTBE in gaso- resources. likely, the urban-county govern- acquire the land. The use of emi- line after January 1, 2006 and Big Sandy Trail: SCR92 cre- ment must decide how best to nent domain is limited to land encourages the use of ethanol in ates a task force to study the Lex- attain compliance before reinstat- inside the park borders that its place. MTBE reduces the ington/Big Sandy Rail Trail and ing the VET. doesn’t have an existing permit to amount of unburned gasoline suggest a strategy for its comple- The immediate effect of the mine or drill wells. Adjacent prop- emitted by cars, which combines tion. The proposed trail would use bill is unclear. The Federal High- erty owners are also assured with sunlight to create ground 109 miles of abandoned rail corri- way Administration indicates the access to their property and/or level ozone, a lung irritant. While dor between Lexington and Ash- lack of a VET program may cause mineral rights. Regardless of how it cleans the air, MTBE is very land. The report is due December an interruption in federal highway the property is obtained, the pre- toxic and water-soluble so that 15, 2002 and must include: dollars. vious landowners retain the rights when it escapes into the environ- 1). Solutions for overcoming exist- Thanks to Tom FitzGerald for to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest ment it travels quickly with rain ing barriers to the trail’s devel- help in analyzing results. natural plants unless they specifi- or ground water movements. opment; v cally waive them. Leaking underground storage 2.) Potential funding sources; The Parks Dept. is given until tanks are thought to be the prima- July 2003 to define the borders of ry source of contamination. the Park and is instructed to avoid Other last minute additions to any cemeteries and private HB13 encourage the use of dwellings. The Dept of Fish and biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel is a mix- Wildlife will define hunting regula- ture of regular diesel fuel and veg- tions in consultation with the etable fats. Both ethanol and Parks Dept. biodiesel can be created from Ken- Farms and Alternate Fuels: tucky agricultural products, which One of the barriers to diversifica- is perhaps why these alternative tion of Kentucky agriculture away fuels were included in this bill. from tobacco is the dearth of mar- Watershed Management: kets for other products The pas- Approval of SCR17 creates the page 10 The Cumberland July 2002 Flower Power who say the finding is strong evi- dence that global warming is changing biology.” temperature trends in the same area over four decades. Alastair Fitter said that 100 years. This may not sound like much until one realizes the last Ice Age was The article goes on to say that, the mean tempera- brought on by only a — by Gary Watrous “In a study appearing in the jour- tures for January, Feb- 4 degree reduc- ruary and March — tion in Earth’s I s it just coincidence that nal, Science, the researchers President Bush announced report that the first flowering in critical months for temperature. that Global Warming (Climate the spring of 385 species of British spring flowering plants While it is good Change) is real just after the plants has advanced from 4 1/2 — has warmed in the to hear our President article on the abnormal bloom- days to 55 days in a decade, when study area by 1.8 degrees acknowledges the reali- ing of flowers appeared? comparing the flowering date of since the 1960s. ty of Climate Change, Is it possible that a president the species over the previous four Some predictions of cli- even though he has no with a herbaceous last name might decades. mate warming are 4 to 5 degrees meaningful solutions, be sensitive to a message from ‘These data revel the strongest Celsius (7.2 to 9 degrees Fahren- and though there is plants? For certainly the flowers biological signal yet of climate heit), which would mean that much debate about the are sending us a message. change,’ wrote Alastair H. Fitter of these effects are only the begin- potential effects of burn- A May 31st article in the the University of York and his ning of a major shift,’ he said.” ing fossil fuels causing Louisville Courier Journal titled father, R.S.R. Fitter, a naturalist According to the United Climate Change, no one “Study Cites Earlier Blooms on and author. Starting 47 years ago, Nations Intergovernmental can deny that we humans Plants as an Indication of Global the senior Fitter recorded the first Panel on Climate Change (the are performing a great experi- Warming,” states, “Rising temper- flowering date of plants in south- best authority on this issue) we ment on ourselves and other atures are causing plants to bloom central England. In the new study, humans will raise the earth’s species with unknown conse- weeks earlier in the spring, the researchers compared the average temperature by 3 to 11 quences. according to British researchers changes in first flowering date with degrees Fahrenheit over the next v be in the September and October Executive Committee Action Cumberlands. The Water Sentinels program McConnell. Responses will be printed in the Cumberland. The recent legal decision on is progressing well. Testimony had the mountaintop removal, valley Comments are being submit- been presented against a permit fill issue was discussed. We intend T he Cumberland Chapter Executive Committee met ted on the Fort Knox Environmen- for the Northern Kentucky Airport. to coordinate with Dave Cooper, June 8, 2002, at Burnheim tal Impact Statement. A conflict seems to be developing who is now working in West Vir- Forest. All Executive Committee Leslie Barras reported on the between the Water Sentinels and ginia. members were present, and all Trimodal Transpark proposal. Fall the Northern Group Excom. The We intend to comment on the Groups were represented with elections may have an impact on Sentinels will report directly to the Muhlenberg County power plant the exception of Mammoth Cave. the issue. The proposed I-66 High- Chapter Excom for the time being. proposal. The Treasurer’s Report way will be included on A Committee of Excom mem- It was authorized that the was received. This the Sierra Club bers was appointed to respond to Chapter could sign on to a letter indicated an national map of the national campaign priorities concerning the safe disposal of increase in bad sprawl list. chemical weapons in Kentucky receipts from issues. Hank Graddy reported on which had been previously sub- the March The pending legal matters. It was reaf- mitted to the Bluegrass Excom. appeal over recent firmed that authority had been The third “Old McDonald’s previous “Unsettling given to file an administrative Conference” will be held October years, and a of Ameri- appeal on the “Answers in Gene- 25 and 26. Support in the sum of possible bud- ca” confer- sis” matter. Authority was also $2,500.00 was authorized to come get overrun ence in given, if needed, to pursue admin- from Foundation monies which with the Cum- Georgetown istrative appeals on the Greater would amend the current budget. berland. was a great suc- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky The Committee considering The Nominating cess, was well International Airport application. the possibility of employing staff Committee is seeking sug- attended. All organic Details of these matters were will meet soon. Thoughts and sug- gestions for ExCom nominations. food was served, and a number of referred to the Legal Committee. gestions are solicited. Any suggestions should be submit- books were sold. Others will be dis- It was noted that three law- Lane Boldman reviewed the ted to the Committee soon. tributed to the Groups. suits in which the Sierra Club is relationship between Chapter, Tom House is now the Mem- Group reports were received involved along with the American Group, staff and other entities, bership Chair, and will be working and current activities noted. Canoe Association, had been set- emphasizing the need for team- on membership promotion. Ray The Annual Meeting is sched- tled favorably. work. Barry gave a report on the recent uled for November 8 - 10. Leslie The Chapter has endorsed The next Chapter Executive legislative session, which for the Barras is coordinating workshops John Conway in the House race Committee meeting will be held Kentucky legislature was not as to be presented by each Group. this fall. Questionnaires have also August 3. bad as we usually fear. These are to be finalized in time to been sent out to Weinberg and v The Cumberland July 2002 page 11 Outings creeks and playing in the water. Rating: Moderate, suitable for beginners. Leader: Barbara Pinson 270-725-9652. AUGUST 2002 JULY 2002 Aug. 3 (Sat.) Chapter Excom Meeting: location TBA. Did you ever wonder July 4-7 (Thurs. - Sun.) Canoe Trip: Cur- how all those issues were discussed, rent River, Eminence, Missouri. Join meetings planned, strategies consid- us for two days of canoe floating on the ered, decisions made and various other crystal clear swift moving Current Sierra Club business was conducted at River located near Eminence, Missouri. the state level? Well, this is your We will car camp near the river at chance to find out! All interested mem- Round Springs and from there, shuttle bers are encouraged to attend the bi- service will be provided. On the river monthly meeting of the Chapter Execu- we will visit gushing blue water springs, tive Committee.For details, call: Lane interesting caves, swim in cool clear Boldman 859-252-3422 (home) or 859- water, and lounge on warm river rocks. 552-1173 (cell phone). A fee is required for the group camp, Aug. 3-4 (Sat.-Sun.) Canoe Trip & shuttle service, and canoe rental (if Optional Dayhike: Green River, Butler canoe rental is desired). Visit County near Morgantown, KY. Come www.nps.gov/ozar/ for park informa- join us for this late summer flat-water tion. July 4 and July 7 are travel days canoe trip down the Green River in and we will paddle on July 5 and July Beth Peterson and Barbara Thompson led this group on a 6.5 mile hike on the Millenium Trail on Butler County. Water levels should be 6. Rating: Easy, suitable for beginners April 6, 2002. low, enabling us to see some remnant with some canoe experience.Leader: mussels, as well as effects of bank ero- Charlie Holley, 859-263-3657 or cur- sion. Camp Saturday night at historic email@example.com. the breezes will be favorable to power Louisville Extreme Sports Park. Rating: Carson’s Landing (Tichenor farm). A July 11 (Thurs.) Picnic & Dayhike: Tower our two boats. Participants are invited Easy, suitable for beginners. Leader: Sunday morning hike around the farm Park, Ft. Thomas, KY. We will hike the to stay and car camp on Saturday night Martha Berner 502-459-7773, before 9 will be possible if you’re interested. landmark Tree Trail, a 1-mile long trail with a leisurely departure Sunday pm; Assistant Leader: Don Filmer 502- Rental canoes are available, but reser- situated along a wooded hillside above morning. Rating: Easy, suitable for 451-8941. vations are needed. Rating: Moderate, the Ohio River. This unique trail has beginners. Leader: Carolyn McMillan, July 20 (Sat.) Family Outing – Dayhike: class I water, 13 miles, suitable for over a dozen trees ranging in age from 270-598-0588; Asst Leader: Marge Mammoth Cave Nat’l Park, KY. Bring beginners; Limit: 8-10 canoes.Leaders: 100-200+ years old. Most are huge oak Deller, 270-781-6059 your children and hike the Wet Prong Carroll & Doris Tichenor 270-728- trees. We will have a potluck picnic July 19 (Fri. Eve.) Urban Outing: Dinner Trail with us. The five miles include 2561; Assistant Leader: Roger Hankins meal at 6:30 prior to the walk. Rating: & Walk, Louisville Waterfront, ridge walking, going down in the valley, 270-843-1381. Easy, suitable for beginners. Leader: Louisville, KY. Come join us for dinner crossing creeks and hiking back up to Aug. 10-11 (Sat.-Sun.) Canoe Trip/Day- Ron Lusby, 859-635-9221. and an evening walk along the the top of the ridge. We will stop and hike: Adams, TN. Canoe the Red River, July 12 (Fri.) Bicycle Trip: River Walk, Louisville waterfront. The walk will fea- play at stream crossings. Bring lunch. hike, visit the Bell Witch’s Cave, and if Louisville. End your week with a relax- ture the Waterfront Park and the new Wear shoes and clothing for crossing interested, car camp with us. Rating: ing ride along the Ohio from the his- Easy, class I water, suitable for begin- toric wharf, past the locks, and down ners. Leader: Barbara Pinson 270-725- the streets of old Portland. Wind 9652. through a grove of hundred-year-old Aug. 24 (Sat. Evening) Bird Identification cottonwoods to the famous Lily Pond Walk: Oxbow, near Lawrenceburg, IN. at Shawnee Park. Rating: Easy, suitable A volunteer from Oxbow will join us to for beginners. Leader: Greg Zahradnik, point out special features at this area. 502-429-6299. The Oxbow is a unique wetland area at July 13-14 (Sat.-Sun.) Gourmet Canoe the confluence of the Great Miami and Trip: Licking River, Butler, KY. The Ohio rivers and is the site for seasonal 16th Annual “Licking Your Chops on migrations of waterfowl. Bring binocu- the Licking” Gourmet Canoe Trip. The lars and your field guide. This will be a dam-fed Licking river is runnable joint event with the Northern Kentucky throughout the summer, even when Bird Club. Rating: Easy, suitable for most other streams have gone dry. The beginners. Leader: Ron Lusby 859-635- vehicle access to the campsite means 9221. that you can forget about the freeze- Aug. 24 (Sat.) Night Hike: Louisville (sur- dried food and Sierra cups. So get out rounding area), KY. Enjoy the beauty your crystal and do it up right! Rating: and peace of the night as we quietly Easy, class I, 18 miles. Leaders: Mary make our way along a trail under a full Carol Cooper, 859-277-0656 and Herb moon. Enjoy yourself out in the woods Pettijean, 859-236-5573. at night. Rating: Easy, suitable for July 13-14 (Sat.-Sun.) Sailing: Barren beginners. Leader: Greg Zahradnik River Lake, Lucas, KY. Join us on Sat. 502-429-6299. July 13 at Bailey’s Point for a day of A group of hikers relax under Gray’s Arch during an outing to Red River Gorge. v sailing on Barren River Lake. Hopefully The Cumberland Chapter’s Outings Program exists primarily to make participants aware of the natural areas and resources the Sierra Club works so hard to preserve. Outings provide a valuable source of fun and relaxation. The Cumberland Chapter’s Outings Program is managed by the chapter and asks for a donation of $1/day/member or $2/day/non-member. This helps defray the cost of our Outings Book and covers the out- ings leaders for liability and insurance reasons. Meetings, urban/social outings, service trips, etc. are excluded from collection of fees. Each leader serves in a volunteer capacity. Each participant must get permission from the trip leader to attend the trip. Outings will take place regardless of weather unless otherwise specified. If you are unable to attend an outing which you have signed up for, please have the courtesy to inform the outings leader as soon as possible. Pets, smoking, radios and handguns are not allowed on trips. Guests and children are always welcome. If you have any questions about our outings program, or publicizing any outings, please contact the Cumberland Chapter Outings Chair Darren Payne at 859-498-5894 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Trails!!! page 12 The Cumberland July 2002 the tops of mountains, then and wilderness areas. DOD is Around the Nation dump them into Ameri- c a ’s rivers and streams. “The Bush administration pushing a bill to give it carte blanche to ignore the Compiled from National Reports by Steve E. McCallum is choosing the mining The Endangered announce- industry over water for Species Act, New Hampshire First State to Tackle Global Warming; ment came drinking, recreation, and even though when it was wildlife.” the Act Would Regulate Acid Rain, Smog, Air Pollutants hoped that the already — Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive New Hampshire lawmakers became the first in the country to pass a press and pub- Director, on the decision to allow allows law to reduce global warming. The measure is aimed at reducing emis- lic wouldn’t be mountaintop removal mining exemptions sions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide--thus address- paying atten- on a case-by- ing global warming, acid rain, smog and airborne mercury poisoning by tion. No won- case basis. coal and other fossuil-fueled power plants. der the EPA wanted to keep the For more information on this decision quiet--it’ll mean millions threat to wildlife and wilderness, T he New H ampshire law emissions pale in comparison to of tons of mining waste will end up contact Bart Semcer at bart.sem- calls for drastic cuts in the Kyoto Protocol, the measure in America’s waterways, doing email@example.com local emissions of pollu- could serve as a model for ken- irreparable damage to streams, tants by 2007. Although some tucky and other states and for the rivers, wetlands, and drinking Court Rules Against environmentalists have opposed federal government to follow New water. That’s something that could a part of the bill that allows cred- Hampshire’s initiative and take be hard to hide for too long. Mountaintop Removal it-trading with out-of-state utili- action in curbing our role in cli- To see the Sierra Club’s A federal court in West Vir- ties for those unable to cut local mate change. response to the EPA’s decision, go ginia ruled that mountain- emissions by 2007, others sup- “This is an action that hopeful- to http://lists.sierraclub.org/ top removal violates the ported the plan and called the ly the Kentucky Administration SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?A2=ind0205& Clean Water Act. The EPA used compromise a major step for- and eventually the Kentucky legis- L=cescnewsreleases&D=1&T=0& semantics, by terming the waste ward. lature will carefully study,” said H =1&O=D&F&S=&P=626 “fill,” to argue that mountaintop Even though the new rules for Oscar Geralds, editor of The Cum- If this link does not work for removal mining was legal. But berland, the monthly newspaper you, click on the link for Bush the court rejected the argument, published by the Kentucky chapter Administration Allows Wa s t e and slammed the EPA for acting of the Sierra Club. Dumping in America’s Rivers and beyond its authority in trying to “Positive action by each state Streams at http://lists.sierraclub. change the rules. Mountaintop of the union will encourage shy org/SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?A1=ind020 removal mining is currently ille- and over-conservative U.S. Con- 5&L=ce-scnews-releases gal, but mining companies con- gressional members to face up to tinue the practice with impunity. shameless corporate greed that Rally for Railroad It involves blasting off the tops of continues to wreak ever continu- mountains, then dumping thou- ing destruction of the world’s envi- S ince lawmakers refused to sands of tons of waste into sur- ronment--our forests, our water take meaningful action to r ounding waterways, doing and our very air,” said Geralds. clean up gas-guzzling SUVs, irreparable damage to water To read more about New public transportation is more sources, wetlands, and the H a m p s h i r e ’s initiative, go to: essential. maybe it’s time to start wildlife which depend on them. <http://ensnews.com/ens/apr2002/ thinking about transportation For more information go to: 2002L-04-22-06.html and to: alternatives. But Amtrak is http://www.usatoday.com/news/nat www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/lo under-funded, and may have to ion/2002/05/09/mining.htm cal2002/clean_air_law7466_2002.s discontinue large parts of the html national system. To reduce glob- al warming pollution from cars Wild Forests Threat Bush Now Approves and trucks — and at the same Again time improve the quality of life Mountaintop Removal T he Bush administration is Congress should step up its fund- considering opening up the ing for Amtrak, and commit to C hanging the wording of last wild forests, including “mining waste” to “fill” preserve the national rail system. Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest, to sounds harmless enough. devastating development. This But the consequences for clean Military Threatens, goes against a popular rule, water and the people of West Vir- Tramples Wilderness drawn up with the help over 2 ginia and other mining regions million public comments, which are anything but harmless. An T he Department of Defense would make wild forests off-lim- E PA announcement last week is using the national secu- its to logging and road-building. confirmed that polluting mining rity rallying cry to erode v companies can legally blast off protections for America’s wildlife
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