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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

Chemicals and Their Dangers Force People From Kanawha Valley

May 7 letter to the editor in the Charleston Gazette

When I retired and returned to Charleston in 1998 I found out about mountaintop removal and thought that was the worst environmental disaster in West Virginia. I didnt know about the Bayer plant back then. Ive lived here for the past 10 years blissfully unaware of the dangers Bayer was visiting on me, my relatives and my friends.

I call on our local officials and our governor to direct the Department of Environmental Protection to rid this area of methyl isocyanate (MIC) and phosgene and to disclose to the citizens all of the toxic substances which are stored in the Kanawha Valley. Forget about the homeland security trash talk. Bayer represents more of a danger to our health and safety than any terrorist organization. Because of our terrain and weather conditions there couldnt be a more dangerous place to store toxic chemicals.

When I left this area more than 40 years ago, the

Charleston population was 86,000. Today were sliding below 50,000 and wondering how to keep our numbers up. After this incident, the word is out about the perils of Chemical Valley and no one would choose to live here. As a matter of fact, Ive decided not to buy a house here. Im relocating away from Charleston at the end of May. My siblings who once thought this would be a good place to retire have changed their minds. As long as these chemicals are stored in the Valley, we will continue to lose population.


Regina Hendrix


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