South Carolina Chapter Teams Up Against Coal
The Sierra Club of South Carolina is leading the charge in fighting a 660-megawatt dirty coal plant proposed for the Pee Dee River area. If built, this plant would be the single largest destroyer of Appalachian mountains in the United States.
Earlier this month, National Coal Campaign Director Bruce Nilles joined them for the launch of their "SC Says NO" coalition kickoff. Chapter director John Ramsburgh said the coalition has been getting great publicity.
"We made great use of Bruce's visit to Charleston and Columbia," Ramsburgh explained. "The day started with an editorial board meeting with our state's most important newspaper, Charleston's Post and Courier. We then drove up to Columbia for a successful press event and coal campaign kickoff meeting. Fifty people representing over 10 organizations attended, including 15 Sierra Club activists."
After the kickoff, Sierra Club volunteers Jessica Artz, Pam Greenlaw, and Cynthia Powell led a delegation to a state Department of Health and Environmental Control hearing where the coalition requested a review of the plant's air permit. Their presence was acknowledged by board members and the request for a board hearing on the air permit was granted for Feb. 12.
Ramsburgh said the chapter's 2009 resolution is a simple one: "Put a Palmetto State smack down on this coal plant." The volunteer leaders are grateful for the support from the national coal team and looks forward to sharing positive news with everyone once this plant is defeated.
Here's a taste of all the publicity the SC Chapter drummed up:
First photo courtesy of John Ramsbaugh, second photo courtesy of Graeme Fouste of the Columbia Free Times