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Monday, January 28, 2008

More (last minute notice) important stuff to do RIGHT NOW!

[from Guy]:

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America. The local event will kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday with local organic food vendors and video presentations at Viterbo’s Reinhart Center. At 7 p.m., Stephen Schneider, a climate scientist at Stanford University, will speak via remote video.

Thursday’s events begin at 9 a.m. with fair trade goods available in the Reinhart Center lobby. Speakers include Chris McClead, the campus minister, who will speak on faith and environmental justice, and Chris Schneider from Honda Motorworks. Val Schute of River Architects and Nick Nichols from Gundersen Lutheran will speak at 4:10 p.m. on LEED certified buildings.

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IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING ON DNR VARIANCE PERMIT FOR DAIRYLAND POWER

January 30, at 5 p.m.
DNR Service Center
3550 Mormon Coulee Road
Rooms B-19 and B-20

Dairyland Power recently re-issued a mercury variance permit to the DNR for their Genoa coal power facility. (Genoa is a city 20 min south of Lax)
Coal generation accounts for 60% of all Mercury emissions that originate from human activity. According to EPA numbers, Dairyland's 350MW Coal facility is already releasing 94 pounds of Mercury into the air.

This permit would allow Dairyland to release mercury into the Mississippi above legal standards. For the Genoa area, the current limit for water emissions is 5.4ng/L (nano-grams / Liter) while Dairyland hopes to increase this limit to 12ng/L. At the current discharge rate of 188 million gallons / day into the Mississippi, the translation equals 3 pounds of mercury per year.

The DNR will host a public forum to submit written and spoken comment on this issue. We need every concerned individual to show the DNR that WE WANT TO KEEP WISCONSIN WATER HEALTHY AND SAFE. There will be a brief informational session at 4pm to clear up any concerns on public hearings. We can also talk about this in progressives.

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