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Beyond Coal

Sierra Club Seeks Clean Up of Coal Combustion Waste Dump

Coal Waste

“One of the Largest Illegal Open Dumps in the Nation” Dangerously Polluting Water Supplies in Region

(Farmington, NM) - April 8, 2010 - The Sierra Club took action today to stop the disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal combustion waste each year in unlined pits at the San Juan Coal Mine, and to compel the clean up of previously disposed waste that continues to leach toxic pollutants into the surrounding ground and surface water.


Four Corners Conservation Meeting in Farmington

Coal - San Juan

Rio Grande Chapter leaders held a conservation meeting on March 31 at the San Juan Community College in Farmington, with about 20 in attendance.


Transition from Dirty Coal to Clean Energy Accelerates in the West

Coal - Page, Az

In Nevada, a proposed 750 MW coal plant project has been cancelled.

In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter has proposed legislation, the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, that will close two coal plants totaling 900MW in Colorado by 2017. Colorado has also increased its renewable energy requirement from 20% to 30% in 2020.


Stewart Udall's letter to his grandchildren - My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge

Stewart Udall died on this years Vernal Equinox. A persistent snowstorm blanketed Santa Fe, the final home of our great friend. This is one of the last pieces he published. We are all his grandchildren. Hope springs eternal.


Act Now to Help Cap Carbon Emissions in New Mexico

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

On March 1 (10am) your Sierra Club Chapter testifies before the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) with New Energy Economy and 15 other nonprofits asking EIB to set a cap on carbon, methane, and other green house gas emissions (GHG) for the state. We invite many members to join us. (Willie Ortiz Building - 2600 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe) Also, please send letters and e-mails. Read further for specifics.


Sierra Club Seeks Cleanup of Open-Pit Coal Ash Dump

Coal Waste

Dec 2009 - The Sierra Club today put the San Juan Coal Company on notice for failing to properly dispose of millions of tons of toxic coal ash and scrubber sludge each year. The San Juan Coal Company has dumped more than 40 million tons of coal combustion waste containing pollutants like arsenic, lead, and mercury into massive unlined pits at the San Juan Mine, about 10 miles west of Farmington.


Environmental Groups, Southwest Tribes Stand Together to Promote Clean, Renewable Energy

SW tribes

October 1, Flagstaff, Arizona — As Hopi and Navajo leaders in the American Southwest evaluate their energy policies, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups remain committed to working with their tribal partners to find clean energy solutions that work for everyone.


EPA Revokes Air Permit for Desert Rock

Desert Rock

September 25, San Francisco (CA) — The long-contested air permit for the controversial Sithe Global Desert Rock coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Reservation was officially revoked by the Environmental Protection Agency today due to confirmed deficiencies in the permit's environmental analysis.


Sierra Club Testifies to Clean up Coal Combustion Waste

At the request of the Sierra Club, on September 17 the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held an informal conference in Farmington to consider issues raised by Sierra Club regarding the renewal of the mining permit for the San Juan Mine. The Sierra Club testified that concentrations of lead, selenium, arsenic, cadmium, boron, sulfates, and chlorides have been increasing to levels above drinking water standards in the shallow gravel aquifer underneath the Shumway arroyo, which drains the western perimeter of the San Juan Mine.


No Blackstone Coal campaign launched

Rio Puerco

July 15 — As part of the Sierra Club's long term commitment to transition from dirty coal to clean energy, the No Blackstone Coal campaign was launched to influence Blackstone corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy projects instead of coal projects. So far, this campaign has caused 1500 people to send e-mails to the CEO of Blackstone urging him to invest in renewable energy and not coal projects.


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