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Scott Bushbaum commented at Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hello Fellow Grassrooters,

I've found an article that was published in the Detroit Free Press about pharmaceuticals, caffeine, and toothpaste additives among other oddities that are appearing in increasing amounts in the Great Lakes. Previously, the levels of the contaminants have gone relatively unstudied. A professor of freshwater sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee said the expectation has been the huge volumes of water in the Great Lakes would dilute the PPCP's into undetectablity. The new findings are however alarming researchers as they learn more about what the PPCP levels mean to the ecosystems there. Some of the specific chemical components found of late include metformin - a prescription diabetes medication, sulfamethoxazole - an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections and inner ear infections, and  triclosan- an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in toothpaste and soap.

9/29/13

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Doris Cellarius commented at Monday, September 30, 2013

The Toxics Committee just release a factsheet on the health effects of these pollutants found in the Great Lakes and in waters (including drinking water) acorss the USA.

http://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/documents/new-factsheet-emerging-contaminants

You can download and print this four page color factsheet.

If you have questions, post them as "comments" on our site.

Doris Cellarius

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Friday, October 4, 2013

According to the Dayton Daily News, a clay based lubricant also known as bentonite spilled into Conotton Creek in Harrison County, Ohio. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency official Chris Abbruzzese said an unknown amount of the material ran into the creek and affected two local homeowners. Cleanup was nearing completion Thursday evening. Bentonite is used by ATEX who is building a petroleum pipeline that extends 265 miles in Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania stretching to Texas. 

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Monday, October 28, 2013

Attn: Fellow Grassrooters,

House Bill 59 was passed by the Ohio General Assembly on July 1, 2013. The bill was designed to coordinate and provide oversight between the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Dept. of Health and the OEPA in the safe management of oil and gas wastes. It is accepted that certain levels of radon, uranium, and radium are found in gas and oil drilling waste. Other wastes in soil, rock and subterranium matter are known to be classified as acceptable in small amounts including potassium-40 and radon gas. The OEPA is collecting Early Stakeholder Outreach info as to regulations involving solid waste landfills and transfer facilities. The deadline for comments is November 1, 2013.

Scott Bushbaum

Sierra Club Miami Group Chapter

 

 

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hello Fellow Grassrooters,

I've read a message of late from the Dept. of Energy that indicates that of over one hundred twenty million dollars of funding toward credits and investments in renewable energy funding in the past month, none of that money is invested in any technologies in Ohio. I don't feel this is an issue for now, however with the introduction of SB 58 in Ohio, my hope is that Ohio isn't seen as "bass ackward" in the renewable and reusable energy fields. I will be writing my Congressional leadership on this soon to stand for cleaner and "greener" energy in Ohio. I hope those of you in Ohio who know that manufacturing and heavy industry are ever present in Ohio will do the same.

 

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fellow Grassrooters,

I found a link to the OPEC 2013 World Oil Outlook, a report on oil consumption and projected oil information. I felt it important to share it with you. I find that so much of the world's carbon emission problem is contributed to oil that this lengthy report may shed light on why the future seems so oil dependant. I never give up on the hope that renewable and reusable fuels will replace this oil issue. Thanks!http://www.opec.org/opec_web/static_files_project/media/downloads/publications/WOO_2013.pdf

Scott Bushbaum

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Over the Christmas holiday, I met my girlfriend's brother who owns a farm in upstate New York. He is excited about a new term in farming called permaculture. The basic idea is to grow plants at three levels. The first level is close to the ground, such as soy. Secondly, plants grown at a bush or shrub layer that bear fruits, berries or nuts. Thirdly, is a layer of plants at treetop level. All three layers maximize the use of acreage and provide for adequate sunlight and water. I feel that if environmental groups work closely with farmers and grower's unions in 2014, then significant gains can be made with respect to "greener" energy and biodiversity, etc. I feel that instead of a Keystone XL Pipeline that intends on helping satisfy debts to China and Canada, farming and agriculture can provide a "greener" and cleaner answer to the debts we as Americans owe to the world in 2014! Ohio in particular has wonderful farmland that can remain farmland without fear of commercialization and residential use also.

Scott Bushbaum

Sierra Club

 

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Monday, January 27, 2014

Fellow Grassroot Activists,

I felt it important today to remind anyone who has ever felt hesitant or frightened to voice their opinion on environmental matters that the USA loves your voice. People who work in the field don't think twice about it. However, anyone who has a desire to talk about environmental issues close to their heart should never have or should in the future feel paranoid about speaking your mind about it in the forum of your choice. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the US guarantees your right to free speech and the Fourth Amendment protects your right to privacy. Plenty of discussion is occurring about privacy in communications once regulated by the National Security Agency and other government persons. Don't give up the fight for a "greener" Earth and don't lose your voice.

Scott Bushbaum

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Scott Bushbaum commented at Monday, February 3, 2014

Hi Fellow Grassrooters,

I just wanted to say what a great event took place this past weekend near Mansfield Ohio. The 2014 Ohio Chapter Retreat brought Sierra Club members from all over Ohio together to discuss energy issues, water and hydrofracking issues and nuclear as well. The resort was very well managed and picturesque. I was glad to spend time networking again with Matt Trokan and Enid Nagel from the Miami Chapter. I and my companion were glad to hike the trails in the park that brought us to the Lytle Big Falls and the Covered Bridge. We had a nice weekend and thanks to everyone who took part and who made the retreat possible!

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Ron McCarden commented at Saturday, February 8, 2014

I am a Ron McCarden, the founder and president of Solar Spun Energy, LLC, a clean energy start-up. I have followed for so time the activities and successes of the Sierra Club and which to solicit it support at the grass root for our Beyond Coal and Oil clean energy solution. In a nutshell, we have developed clean, renewable electric energy platform that will generate up to 24 hours a day, almost anywhere in the world, without federal subsidies and at a cost competitive with coal.  We need to secure funds for our utility patents and have set up a fund raising campaign entiltled SEEKING CLEAN ENERGY PATENT FUNDS is on the Fundanything.com site. Our plea is for your organization to assist us in moving our Beyond Coal and Oil solution into reality with donor support. Your grass root effort will give us a significant opportunity breathe life into our project and move us one giant leap toward a cleaner planet. 

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Marjorie Hudson commented at Saturday, March 22, 2014

Please help us here in rural PA.  We are located in the smallest county in PA.  We have lost our right to selfgovern with the passage of the Right to Farm act, also known as ACRE.  Our township tried to pass regulations prohibiting 'factory farms', but where told by the Atty General it was illegal to pass such regulation.  Now, we are confronted with an Nutrient Management Plan approved 3/13/2014, which will then begin the 30 day comment after being published in the PA Bulletin (Bivouac Sow Farm).  This factory will have an 11 MILLION GALLON waste pit under the buildings.  This factory will be sited within the Cove Creek watershed.  The stream actually borders the property, and any spillage, even if from hosing off a truck, will eventually enter the watershed.  This watershed then drains into the Potomac River near Hancock, MD, and then onto the Chesapeake. We need legal representation to obtain a moratorium on the permit until the constitutionality of the law is reviewed.  We need to take back local rule.  HELP PLEASE.  Thank you.