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October 2009

Major News: EPA May Do Its Job!
DEP Biologist: Agency Chief Huffmans Testimony to Congress Was Ill Informed

Thinking About Your Legacy: An Open Letter from Dr. Ken Hechler

Reflecting on EPAs Announcement
JOBS in the Coalfields, the Right Way
Families in Mingo Co. Sue Over Flooding
Asking the Highest Court in the Land to Hear Our Case
Dear Friends at OVEC
Lindytown - Threats, Dead Horses and Shattered Dreams As the Draglines Creep Ever Closer
Lindytown - From Nice Little Mountain Town to Virtual Ghost Town
EPA Moves to Block WVs Largest MTR Mining Permit
Corps Approves Controversial Permit Despite EPAs Objections
The Trail of Tears - History Is Repeating Itself in WV
Policy Efforts on Family Cemetery Protection Issues
Join the Cemetery Protection Group And Help Find Long-Term Solutions
Awareness is Where Its At
Please Pray for Webster County
Cook Family Cemeteries: Ancestors No Longer Rest In Peace Due to Mountaintop Removal Mining
Coal Slurry: New York Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes (Many) and Punishment (None)
Victory! Public Water Lines Finally Coming to Prenter
Goodbye Patricia, Welcome Stephanie! - New Organizer Joins SSP Effort
WVU Studying Effects of Coal Slurry Injection on Health
Working to Reduce Coal Prep Plant Air Pollution
Six Southern WV Communities to Benefit from EPA Grant
Judge Thornsbury Disqualified from Presiding in Slurry Injection Case
Coal Country - the movie: Film Debuts To Packed Crowd After Concerns Almost Cancel Showing
Help End MTR and Help Coal Country Have a Party!
OVEC: Power With!
What Happens In Valleys Is As Important As What Happens On Mountain Peaks
Plundering Appalachia - The Book, Is Here!
Chemicals and Their Dangers Force People From Kanawha Valley
Clean Elections - Saving WV From Future Scandals
Why Manchin and Co. Dont Care About Health in the Coalfields
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Carbon Tax: Our ACES in the Hole for Real Change
Report: Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths A Year, Toll to Increase
Remembering Conley Branch - May It Always Be In My Heart
United Against MTR:
Red Bandanas, Dreadlocks, Clean-Cut, Old Folks and Young
TV News Fails to Cover Mountaintop Removal Well, Or At All
Nominations for OSM Chief
University Divesting of Massey Stock, Others May Follow
Toxic Legislation: Selenium at the Legislature; OVEC Appeal to EPA

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Winds of Change Newsletter, October 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

Sludge Safety ProjectWorking to Reduce Coal Prep Plant Air Pollution

Many people in the coalfields have serious problems with coal dust and other pollution from coal preparation plants. Some have had to leave the area to escape the resulting health problems, taking big financial losses from the devaluation of their property.

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed some emission control improvements at prep plants, but it is obvious that much more needs to be done to protect human health.

Were grateful to Sierra Club and Earthjustice attorneys who submitted 21 pages of comments to EPA on behalf of OVEC, the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (VA) and Appalachian Voices.

Our lawyers told the EPA that the agency should

revise its performance and work practice standards "to reflect the best technological systems of continuous emission reductions which have been adequately demonstrated." They also argued that there are economically feasible control options for fugitive dust from coal piles.

We argued that the owners and operators of coal prep plants must be held responsible for emissions that occur beyond the boundaries of the plant, and that the EPA must require continuous emissions monitoring.

Other needed improvements include tighter limits on emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

If youd like a copy of the entire document, call Dianne at (304) 360-2072.


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