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OVEC’s staff and board hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday. We figure you are on this list because you care about our region, you take action about our region, whether you live here or not, and we want you to know for that we are truly thankful! What you do matters.
Author Elizabeth Catte, in a speech she was to deliver at our 2018 Treehuggers’ Ball—had Hurricane Florence not prevented her travel—says it more eloquently than we could:
If you have been fighting this fight for decades, as OVEC has, thank you. You have saved land and people. You have created a healthier region. You have defied some of the most powerful corporations in the world. I read something very beautiful that Aaron Bady wrote for his mother Dianne, OVEC’s founder. He said: “Her accomplishments can be measured in what is absent. There is no pulp mill in Apple Grove. There is no BASF refinery in a low-income community near Huntington. There are mountaintop mines that never happened. And whether they know it or not, the people of the region breathe easier and drink clean water because of the life my mother lived and the work she did. There are cancers whose absence no one will know to thank her for.”
And if you are new to the movement, that is okay, too. Martin Luther King said, “In the unfolding conundrum of life and history there is no such thing as being too late.” Being a little late is always better than not knowing that there are no jobs on a dead planet, and that all the corporate growth in the world won’t make a difference without clean water and air.
No Petrochem Plastic Plant on the Ohio: Comment Online, Attend Hearing
As an initial part of this ASH monstrosity, the PTTG Corporation wants to build an ethane cracker in Shadyside, Ohio, a town along the Ohio River, fairly close to Moundsville, WV. According to its air permit application, the air toxics the factory would emit in excess of one ton per year include hexane, ammonia, and ethyl chloride. The plant’s air pollution would include large quantities of fine particles, particles that travel from our lungs, into the blood, and cross the blood-brain barrier. In pregnant women, these particles cross from her blood stream into her baby’s umbilical cord. The particles can cause asthma, respiratory inflammation, jeopardize lung functions, and even promote cancers.
One of the groups with which we are working in coalition, the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club, has made it easy for you to comment on the air permit, here. Please take action, but add a personalized comment. Decision makers pay the most attention to comments with a personal message.
If you are nearby, please make plans to attend the public hearing on this air permit (Draft Permit #P0124972) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 at Shadyside High School, 3890 Lincoln Ave, Shadyside, OH 43947. Wear a white T-shirt for clean air! The deadline for written comments is December 11; e-mail comments to HClerk@epa.ohio.gov; more details here.
For more info, please read Dr. Randi Pokladnik’s column: Quality of our region’s air remains an issue
OVEC’s Dustin White will be there. If you need tips on how to make comments and some ideas about points to cover, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a hearing on this factory’s NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit on December 12. Watch our website calendar page for details.
ISO Green Lobbyists
Expand solar access: Urge your WV legislators to support solar PPAs
Gonna Give on #GivingTuesday? Consider OVEC
Other Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 27, at 7 p.m. in Charleston: The Devil We Know: Mondays That Matter Film Screening
November 30-December 1: CARE’s Mountain State Racial Justice Summit
Now- January 6: Builder Levy: Appalachia USA Photography Exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art
Holiday Gift Shopping? Support OVEC
You can also purchase gift memberships, but please do so by December 12. Contact Maryanne at email@example.com or 304-522-0246 for details.
If you shop on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile as a way to support OVEC without any cost to you. Go to ohvec.org/join/ and click on the Amazon Smile icon for details.
If you shop at Krogers, you can provide additional support to OVEC at no cost to you through your Kroger Plus Card by choosing OVEC in the Kroger Community Awards program (must renew yearly). See ohvec.org/kroger.