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March 2014 Newsletter

Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club tells EPA: Protect Texas children by lowering the ozone standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began public hearings this week in North Carolina to consider whether to lower the national health standard on ground-level ozone. Formed on hot sunny days by emissions of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide emissions– primarily resulting from the burning of fossil fuels in power plants, cars and industry – ground-level ozone directly impacts lung function and can lead to asthma, bronchitis, early death and a host of other health-related illnesses. Particularly at risk are the very young, the very old and those with preexisting health conditions.

Longtime Environmental Ally Rep. Lon Burnam to Challenge Primary Election Result

State Representative Lon Burnam, District 90 (Ft. Worth)

Environmental and social justice advocates around the state were stunned following the results of the March 4th primary when State Representative Lon Burnam lost to his opponent by just 111 votes. Rep. Burnam, a 16-year veteran of the Texas House, has been a stalwart supporter of the environmental movement throughout his tenure in politics.

Sierra Club Urges Advisory Board to Recommend Strong Standard to Cut Smog Science-Based Guidelines Needed to Protect Children's Health

Washington, D.C. – Today the Sierra Club urged the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee to recommend a strong, science-based standard to protect Americans from smog. The Committee provides independent advice to the Environmental Protection Agency as it seeks to update the country’s smog pollution limits according to the Clean Air Act.

Update on Sierra Club Lawsuit Against Luminant and its Big Brown Coal Plant

On February 26, 2014, a federal district court judge in Waco ruled against Sierra Club and for Luminant in a Clean Air Act case the Chapter brought against the Big Brown plant in Freestone County. The ruling at the end of a three-day trial was a big disappointment to the Sierra Club team and its attorneys and partners at Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and Earthjustice. The Big Brown plant was commissioned in 1971 and it is one of the dirtiest power plants in America.

Join the Population Media Center on a Teleconference Call with Sierra Club's Kim Lovell to discuss population growth and the environment

The Texas Chapter of the Population Media Center is hosting a statewide call tomorrow for activists to discuss population growth and the environment. Anyone is welcome to join. Tomorrow's guest speaker will be Sierra Club's own Kim Lovell.

Message From Director Scheleen Walker

As you may well know, March is our month of fundraising, and we have been very pleased with the all of the responses from our members so far. If you still haven't sent in your donation form, please take a minute to do so today. Remember that we wouldn't be here without you.

Also, if you are a Sierra Club member, be on the lookout for your official Sierra Club Board of Directors Ballot coming to a mailbox near you. The deadline for your vote is noon on April 16th.

Well once again, Rice didn't make it to the Tourney.  There's always next year.  Hope you're enjoying this beautiful Spring weather.

Peace,

Scheleen Walker, Director
Lone Star Chapter