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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Coal River Mountain Watch [CRMW]: Join us Tomorrow for a Town Hall on health impacts of surface mining

Dear Friends,

The National Academy of Sciences wants to hear from YOU. Their review of the peer-reviewed health studies includes a series of four meetings. The first was held in Washington DC on March 7. The one tomorrow is at the Chief Logan Lodge in Logan, WV, the next is July 11-12 in DC, and the last is August 21-23 at a location still to be determined.

Tomorrow may be your last chance to speak in person.
Please attend tomorrow, May 23 at
Chief Logan Lodge, Hotel and Conference Center
1000 Conference Center Drive
Logan, WV 25601

The hearing will be in two parts. The first is the "open session," consisting of three panels, from 12:45 until about 4:00: state agencies at 1:00, coal industry at 2:30, and environmental groups Coal River Mountain Watch with our friends from Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and WV Highlands Conservancy at 3:00.

The second part is the "town hall forum," where citizens can speak for three minutes each, from 6:30 until 9:00. The town hall is first come, first serve, so please show up early to get your place in line.
We'll be on hand passing out talking points at 5:30.

If you're on Facebook, please let us know if you're coming and get updates by signing up at the event here.

More information on the study can be found here.

For more information or to register to attend, email or call 202-334-2766.

You can also send comments here. Please share with the committee your thoughts and feelings about the practice of letting unregulated hazardous dust blow from the mountaintop removal sites into the lungs of people. If you or a family member has suffered the health impacts of mountaintop removal, or you fear for the health of your family, please let them know.  

Schedules are subject to slight change, so follow us on Facebook to stay current. If you can't be there, please consider chipping in $25 here to support CRMW's ability to attend and speak.

That citizen's complaint we filed last week resulted in a Notice of Violation to the coal company.
The WVDEP issued a sediment control violation at the Middle Ridge site for allowing sediment pollution to drain from a sediment control pond offsite through an old culvert. This is the fifth notice of violation issued for this permit, and the third sediment control violation issued since July. The previous one is still open, having missed three deadlines for abatement. When a serious pattern of violations develops, the WVDEP has the authority to terminate the permit.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $100 today to hold polluters accountable and make the regulatory agencies do their job. Whether you make a one-time or recurring donation here, give directly on ourFacebook page here, or mail to CRMW, P.O. Box 303, Naoma, WV 25140, it's all appreciated and badly needed. Thank you!

The CREEK kids are going to the Exhibition Coal Mine.
Field trips are some of the important learning activities we provide for the Coal River Environmental Education for Kids (CREEK) program. This one to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine on May 29 will give them insights into the industry that has had such an impact on the environment and history of the area. Please chip in $50 to help support this important program, if you can.

Join us June 4th for the Fifth Annual Peachtree Falls Cleanup.
This great time for a great cause has gotten more popular each year. The Tadpole Project has given extra attention to keeping this local beauty spot clean as a place for each generation to make memories. The more hands, the better! Meet up at the CRMW office (the Judy Bonds Center) across the street from the Naoma, WV, post office at 10 AM and plan to work until 2. We'll provide gloves, trash bags, drinks, and lunch. Please consider sponsoring this popular project to restore clean streams and community pride with a recurring monthly gift.

We hope to see you tomorrow! Thank you!


Vernon Haltom
Executive director

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