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Curious about what the House Republicans have been up to lately.  They’ve put together a package of dirty water and dirty air bills labeled the so-called “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012.”  This package of bills will be voted on the House Floor Thursday or Friday.

The Sierra Club’s message is that the Obama war on coal is a false claim.  The real war is on public health of communities and future generations from members of Congress more concerned with giving in to dirty polluters than the health of their constituents.

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Coal Ash Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Community Groups File Lawsuit for Federal Coal Ash Protections
EPA has failed to complete rulemaking for important national safeguards

Washington, D.C. – Environmental and public health groups will file a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against toxic coal ash. Although the EPA has not updated its waste disposal and control standards for coal ash in over thirty years, it continues to delay these needed federal protections despite more evidence of leaking waste ponds, poisoned groundwater supplies and threats to public health. The groups’ lawsuit comes as EPA data show that an additional 29 power plants in 16 states have contaminated groundwater near coal ash dump sites.

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100 Coal Power Plants Set for Retirement, Clean Energy Sees Record Growth

Americans mark milestone for clean air and public health, call on coal companies to ensure fair transitions for workers

San Francisco – Today, the Sierra Club marked a major milestone in the transition to clean energy as the Fisk and Crawford facilities in Chicago became the 99th and 100th coal-fired plants to announce retirement since January, 2010. These iconic Midwest Gen owned plants are two of nine coal-fired plants from Chicago to Pennsylvania that announced plans to retire today, including the Portland plant in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania.

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'Coal Kills Every Day': Michael Bloomberg Pledges $50 Million to Fight the Coal Industry

By Bryan Walsh

You can read the original article here.

When he's not running the capital of the world or flirting with presidential politics, Michael Bloomberg likes to keep himself busy with the occasional public health crusade. In his early years as mayor of New York, Bloomberg removed tobacco from the public sphere, providing momentum for what has become a global campaign against smoking. He's declared war on trans-fats, helping to ban the unhealthy fatty acids from New York's restaurants and vendors. He's made gun violence — which results in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans each year, many in cities — into an urban public health issue. His style has earned him a reputation as a bit of an autocrat — but it's also saved lives.

But now Bloomberg is taking on an even bigger and more pervasive American industry: coal. On July 21, the New York mayor announced that his charitable foundation would be donating $50 million over four years to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. The purpose of the gift is simple: to help the nation's largest environmental group push back against one of the world's biggest sources of air pollution, plant by plant. "Coal kills every day," Bloomberg told TIME. "It's a dirty fuel."

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EPA to Protect Americans from Coal Pollution PDF Print E-mail
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U.S. Supreme Court Confirms that the EPA Has Primary Responsibility to Protect Americans from Coal Pollution

Statement from Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today strongly reaffirmed its finding that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant subject to control under the Clean Air Act and explained that the task of protecting Americans from power plant pollution falls to the Environmental Protection Agency.
In response Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, issued the following statement:
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