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    Save the Clean Water Act along with the Streams, Wetlands and Lakes from Oil Companies.

    Save the Clean Water Act along with the Streams, Wetlands and Lakes from Oil Companies.

     

    Please click and comment to the EPA ant the Amy Corps of Engineers. Here is an alert from the Waterkeepers

    The last chance to comment on a Trump administration proposal that would gut the Clean Water Act is April 15. The proposal, which has no basis in science, would be disastrous for our waterways, removing safeguards from historically protected rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and other waters.

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    Just as a child with the flu can infect a whole classroom, pollution in these waterways could taint all the waters they connect with, imperiling drinking water sources and endangered species from coast to coast.

    Just a few examples:

    Sixty percent of creeks and streams in California could lose Clean Water Act protection.
    The Central Closed Basin, a 14,605-square-mile sub-watershed of the Rio Grande, stretching from Albuquerque into Mexico, could lose protection.
    Irrigation ditches that run for 250 miles along just one creek in the Rogue River watershed could lose protection.
    Montana’s Big Hole River, home to the last native sustaining population of Arctic Grayling in the lower 48 United States, could lose protection.
    Our complete work on this proposal is here.

    “It’s vital to the health of our larger rivers that these smaller rivers are protected,” says Wade Fellin, program director of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper.

    All our waters deserve protection. Speak up now to preserve the Clean Water Act’s protections for waterways around the country. We are close to 5,000 comments from our supporters. Please share this with a friend and help us get there!

    Note: Please personalize your comment by including the reasons why clean water is so important to you and any other concerns you have.

    Activist Joan Seeman and Neighbors Demand Info on Nuclear Bomb Superfund Site and Grand Jury

    Activist Joan Seeman and Neighbors Demand  Info on Nuclear Bomb Superfund Site and Grand Jury

    Often judges and the judicial system cover up and remove from access information about toxics.  This happened with tobacco lawsuits and many lawsuits over toxics.  The victims have to sign confidentiality agreements, and judges are pressured not to allow access to info about threats to public health.  This is because powerful interests want to avoid the bad pr and potential lawsuits over their offenses.  Sometimes a grand jury's purpose seems to assemble all of the info, delay things until the public uproar  has died down, and then to classify all of the info as confidential, preempting other lawsuits

    Joan writes " Where are the Secret Grand Jury 3.5 million pages of information from documents sealed regarding Rocky Flats?  How many Colorado Superfund Site documents are sealed or confidential?  City Of Denver approved sealing 7000 pages in documents recently according to Westword?  Why?

     

    Joan Seeman

    “The evidence they found was ultimately considered by Colorado's first-ever special grand jury, empaneled in August 1989. After two years of deliberations, the jurors wanted to indict eight individuals — some from the Department of Energy, some from Rockwell International, which ran the plant for the DOE — for environmental crimes. Instead, in March 1992 the Department of Justice sealed a deal with Rockwell, fining the company $18.5 million, less than it had made in one year of bonuses. No individuals were named.”
     
    “We’ve reached a stalemate in this region between advocates for economic development at or near the refuge and the community groups who believe that economic development is not safe yet,” Mellen said. “So we are seeking the disclosure of this information in order to audit the clean up that happened, the risk assessment that followed it, and the determination that the refuge portion of that property is actually safe for unlimited use and exposure.”

    “I am an FBI agent. My superiors have ordered me to lie about a criminal investigation I headed in 1989. We were investigating the US Department of Energy, but the US Justice Department covered up the truth.” retired FBI Special Agent Jon Lipsky
    Where are the Secret Grand Jury 3.5 million pages of information from documents sealed regarding Rocky Flats?
    “The plant closed after an FBI raid discovered mishandling of radioactive materials and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared it a Superfund site. Special Federal Grand Jury 89-2 was launched August 1, 1989. Through subpoenas and informal requests, the grand jury collected more than 760 boxes of documents containing 3.5 million pages of information which remains under seal three decades later. “
    “Former grand jury foreman McKinley chronicles his experiences in the 2004 book he co-authored with attorney Caron Balkany, The Ambushed Grand Jury, which begins with an open letter to the U.S. Congress from Special Agent Lipsky:
    “I am an FBI agent. My superiors have ordered me to lie about a criminal investigation I headed in 1989. We were investigating the US Department of Energy, but the US Justice Department covered up the truth.” However, some activists dispute the reasons for records confidentiality:[49] Dr. LeRoy Moore, a Boulder theologian and peace activist[50]; retired FBI Special Agent Jon Lipsky,[46] who led the FBI's raid of the Rocky Flats plant to investigate illegal plutonium burning and other environmental crimes; and Wes McKinley, who was the foreman of the grand jury investigation into the operations at Rocky Flats (and served several terms as Colorado State Representative).[34][51][52]
    I have refused to follow the orders to lie about what really happened during that criminal investigation at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Instead, I have told the author of this book the truth. Her promise to me if I told her what really happened was that she would put it in a book to tell Congress and the American people.
    “Because this grand jury ended decades ago, because these documents would have been created under routine business operations anyway, there are exceptions to the rule that permit disclosure in the proper circumstances,” said environmental attorney Pat Mellen who is representing the plaintiffs. “We believe those circumstances apply here because we are seeking these documents preliminary to litigation.”
    “Don't forget that Rocky Flats is one of the facilities that the Energy Department now admits may be "irreversibly contaminated."  
    Radioactive Rag April 1989
    Newsletter of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety SantaFe,NewMexicoUSA
    Let's rename it Sloppy Flats
    “The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Golden, Co. is in the news once more. On February 23, chromic acid, including hexvalent chromium-a highly toxic metal overflowed from a holding tank into the plant's water 
    treatment system. The tainted water was then sprayed onto nearby fields. Colorado Department of Health's Patty 
    Corbetta described "bad operating procedures...they found the waste and went ahead and sprayed before they had the analyses back." Countered Rocky Flats spokesman Pat Etchart, "We're continuing sampling and evaluating...we plan to assess and mitigate."
    Don't forget that Rocky Flats is one of the facilities that the Energy Department now admits may be "irreversibly contaminated."
    And the Sierra Club recently filed suit against Rocky Flats to force compliance with state and federal regulations governing the burning of mixed hazardous waste. Incinerators at the· plant burn plutonium-contaminated weapons parts and equipment although the facility has never been licensed to treat or dispose of hazardous waste.”
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    Utilities make many Millions More by Opposing Local Rooftop Solar

    Utilities make many Millions More by Opposing Local Rooftop Solar

    The more utilities spend on large projects, the more they get. In Colorado, Xcel energy has opposed renewable energy goals, more efficient street lights, a local Boulder city municipal electric utility,  etc. over the years. Utility companies want to install centralized wind and solar that they own and that sometimes costs over twice the amount it would if they were to buy the energy from a lower priced bidder, instead of building and operating  it themselves

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