New Meetup: OCEANA - OLIN/Charleston Mercury Pollution Cleveland TN Meetup

From: Tami
Sent on: Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:16 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for GREEN EVENTS - Chattanooga Environmental Meetup Group!

What: OCEANA - OLIN/Charleston Mercury Pollution Cleveland TN Meetup

When: December 16,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Meetup Description: Oceana will be having a planning meeting next Tues, December 16 at 4pm at the Bradley County Courthouse, County Commission Room. We invite everyone to come and help us plan the next phase of our campaign.

Oceana is an international organization. Suzanne Wisdom is their TN field organizer and is here because of Olin, a chlorine manufacturing plant in Charleston TN, near the Hiwassee River. Oceana focused on Olin because the rest of the chlorine industry has stopped using mercury both in the US and in other countries. Out of nearly 100 plants in the US, there are 4 left using mercury, Olin owns two of them.

The Charleston plant emits 4x the amount of mercury of an average power plant. The plants pay for the switch away from mercury in saved energy costs in 4-5 years. We do not want Olin to close, we simply want them to follow the rest of the industry. Plus, they have already converted other plants.

Currently, the Hiwassee River has a mercury advisory and is listed by the state as impaired for mercury.

Oceana's website is www.oceana.org
They are part of the seafood contamination campaign.

LINK TO PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON OLIN IN TN:
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/special/20081209_Green_Club_An_EPA_Charade.html

This is part 3 of a 4 part investigative report. Very interesting but disturbing.

PLEASE ATTEND AND STOP MERCURY POISONING IN YOUR AREA: SE TENN.

We welcome the public and all ideas on how to proceed.
Thanks for your interest!

Suzanne Wisdom, MPA
TN Field Organizer
www.oceana.org
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Learn more here:
http://greenhome.meetup.com/107/calendar/9321146/

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