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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

ACTION ALERT: Submit Comments on Preserving the National Environmental Policy Act by 7/27

From SaveOurEnvironment.org:
Is it a new type of sushi?  An exotic bird?  Actually, NEPA stands for The National Environmental Policy Act, a landmark environmental law that has protected our natural heritage for over thirty years.  This law gives us average Americans a voice in decisions made by the government that could harm the air we breathe, the water we drink and the bountiful public lands that make up our unique heritage. 

Right now, NEPA is under attack and we need your help to protect it!

Next week a Congressional task force led by the anti-environment House Resources Committee will be holding a hearing on NEPA in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  The task force will be accepting comments on NEPA, and if you submit your comments before Thursday July 27, we will hand deliver them to the hearing for you. 

Click here to stand up for your rights and submit your comments in support of NEPA today!

At its most basic level NEPA is about giving people the power to protect their health and their environment.  It requires the government to "look before it leaps" by reviewing major federal projects for their impact on the environment and public health.  If the impacts will be significant, they have to come up with new ways to minimize the damage and then share those options with the public. 

House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA), a long-time ally of developers and the oil, mining and timber industries, formed a NEPA task force earlier this year to hold field hearings around the country.  These hearings are designed purely to give big industry and other NEPA opponents a platform to attack and slander this excellent legislation that gives us the power to protect our own health and environment.

To date the hearings have been scheduled on short notice and have been unbalanced, typically having a four or five to one ratio of NEPA opponents versus supporters.  That's why your comments are so important and so desperately needed!

Once you've submitted your comments, please take a moment to forward this email to your friends, family and co-workers to urge them to take action as well!

Thanks so much for your help!

Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager

July 26, 2005 at 09:30 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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