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OVEC, Others Challenge Blair Mountain Mining Permit
Dont Let Area Power Plants Make Our Air Even Worse
Renewable Energy and a Renewed E-Council
Coal Expo Exposed:
Sludge is Not Safe
Coal Expo Exposed: Protesters Rally at Candlelight Vigil
Are Your US Senators and Reps Climate Champions?
Oberlin College Doing the Right Thing With Education
Bush Admin. Finalizes Mountain Massacre Study
Christians for the Mountains: Statement by Denise Giardina
Christians for the Mountains Spread Word of Responsible Earthkeeping And That Means an End to Mountaintop Removal
Massey Launches Total Environment Web Assault
Reckless Disregard: Settlement doesnt clear Massey, MSHA
Legal Victory! Judge Tosses OSM's Water Rule Approval
WV Passes Landmark Law Curbing 527 Groups
Capito Got Most
DeLay Money
Texas Congressman Kills National Renewable Energy Standard
Coal Industry Money Fuels Public Policy in West Virginia
Reports Detail
Senate Race Donors
Foxes Guarding Henhouse - Why We Need Real Campaign Finance Reform
Unclean Coal: Myth Perpetrators Get an Earful
Coal Very Costly, Not Cheap, If ALL Impacts Are Factored In
T H A N K S !
Update on Blair Mountain - Feds Want Still More Information
SouthWings Needs YOU!
WV Ranked 7th in Mercury Emissions
From Ireland to
Blair Mountain,
with Love and Lyrics
WV Singers and Songwriters Wanted for Blair Mountain Project
Rosa Parks Lights the Way
Holiday Shopping with OVEC
Students Pray for Kayford
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Change or Die
Courage to Move Beyond Coal
Climate of Change: It's Easy to Save Money Being Green
Sequestration Smokescreen?
Massey settlement agreement scuttles insider trading allegations
Mining 'is turning Eastern Kentucky into a despicable latrine'
Ecoterrorism Tops the Charts
Human Activities Cause of Current Extinction Crisis
Kentucky needs study on truck weight limits
Meanwhile, elsewhere (jobs, money, renewable energy)
Mining pollution in Coal River needs drastic cut, state says
Not Nice to Wonder?
Things you can do for a better planet (while saving money!)
Where's the money for the Island Creek flood project?
Visiting Van, WV

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Winds of Change Newsletter, December 2005     See sidebar for table of contents

OVECs Co-Director Needs Your Prayers!

The following op-ed by OVEC co-director Dianne Bady ran in the Oct. 18 Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Since the op-ed ran, Dianne found out she has serious health challenges ahead. Were so grateful to Dianne for the 18 incredible years she has served OVEC, and the people of West Virginia and the Tri-state. Past experience tells us that shell be fighting tooth and nail to regain her health. We ask that you join us in sending her loving, healing thoughts. Dianne believes deeply in the power of prayer, so if you are the praying kind, please keep her in your thoughts. Cards can go to Dianne Bady, c/o OVEC, P.O. Box 6753, Huntington, WV 25773.

Dont Let Area Power Plants Make Our Air Even Worse

by Dianne Bady

I was saddened by the letter to the editor that told of a woman who was diagnosed with advanced, inoperable lung cancer. Shed never been a smoker.

I was luckier. When I was diagnosed with lung cancer almost two years ago, the tumor was small. The cancer has been gone ever since a skilled local surgeon took out a chunk of my right lung. I, too, have always been a non-smoker.

According to public health researchers at Harvard University, the greater Huntington area is the No. 1 region in the United States for human health damages caused by pollution from coal-fired power plants. This was brought home to me in a gut-wrenching way when I traveled to the Cleveland Clinic early on a winter morning. The first 80 miles or so, we drove east along the Ohio River.

We passed about seven huge coal-fired power plants, both on the Ohio side of the river and on the West Virginia side. The pollution from the power plant smokestacks rose in the air just a little bit, and then dropped sharply to hug the Ohio River. The toxic emissions then moved, along with the river, directly toward Huntington.

For the rest of my life, Im under doctors orders to stay away from cigarette smoke. But I live in the Ohio Valley, and I cant stop breathing.

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has revealed that the Bush administration is working on new legislation supposedly in response to hurricane emergencies. This legislation would waive some Clean Air Act pollution limits on power plants and refineries.

It seems to me that this is really just another President Bush attempt to reward his buddies in the coal and oil industries for their huge campaign contributions.

Passage of this outrageous legislation may seem farfetched, but keep in mind that since Bush took office, many environmental laws have been gutted. High-level personnel in regulatory agencies were replaced by political cronies, and enforcement of environmental laws nationwide has plummeted.

The wholesale annihilation of Southern West Virginias mountains, streams and coalfield communities has increased dramatically under Bushs watch. A successful lawsuit filed by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Coal River Mountain Watch slows down the granting of new mountaintop removal permits and allows for more citizen involvement in permitting decisions.

But this victory is now being appealed in federal court by the Bush administration. Such a deal for citizens obscene destruction in the coalfields; every West Virginia taxpayer pays to subsidize the real costs of mountaintop removal mining; and those of us in the Ohio Valley get to breathe the toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Please write to your federal Congress people and senators. If you dont know their names or addresses, just call your local library, and they can give you this information. For the sake of your families and your community, tell your lawmakers that allowing even more pollution from power plants and refineries is just insane. As insane as mountaintop removal!

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