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U.S: Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in Corn Belt

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Environmental Working Group (EWG) | November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seasonal spikes of atrazine – a weed killer that can disrupt hormones and harm developing fetuses – contaminate drinking water in corn-growing areas of the Midwest and beyond, according to an analysis of federal records by the Environmental Working Group.

Environmental Protection Agency data show that in some Corn Belt communities, atrazine levels can spike three to seven times above the legal limit in late spring and early summer. But by avoiding water testing during peak periods, some water utilities stay in compliance with drinking water regulations – and don’t have to tell customers they were exposed to a hazardous chemical in their tap water.

“Our investigation found that nearly 30 million Americans have atrazine in their tap water,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG senior science advisor for children’s environmental health. “But many may never know, because outdated federal policies allow utilities to test for atrazine before or after the spike.”  READ MORE HERE

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The Battle to Protect Nebraska Land from Big OIL

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Make sure your voice is heard. Sign-on to stop Keystone XL.

Marti —

While we are continuing to challenge the Trump administration’s rubber-stamp approval of the federal permit for Keystone XL in the courts, Trump’s State Department recently opened a public comments docket for an “Environmental Assessment” of the new Mainline Alternative route for KXL in Nebraska.

This new route includes land in Nebraska counties that has never before undergone environmental review, and where landowners never knew until now — after all the years of public hearings and submitting comments — that KXL might be plowing through their farms, and had no due process and chance to make their voices heard.

Basically, there’s a huge list of problems with this illegal review. It’s an attempt to shoe-horn a review of private property in Nebraska by a federal agency with no authority over that land, into an illegally outdated environmental review of KXL from 2014, in clear violation of the bedrock National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

But we still need to make our voices heard. Despite this illegal sham review process that’s been set in motion — which we will continue to fight in the courts — it’s critical that Nebraskans especially, but all Pipeline Fighters sign on and tell the Trump administration they are opposed to Keystone XL.

Action: Sign-on to Bold’s #NoKXL comment to Trump’s State Department.

We’ve composed a sample comment you can sign-on to, that covers all the bases on protesting this illegal process with the same arguments our attorneys are using in court, and includes key issues of concern for Nebraska’s land, water and property rights, and sovereign rights of Indigenous nations. You may also edit the language, or add your own personal statement to the comment.

*Important: If you are a landowner on the new “Mainline Alternative” route, please contact mark@boldnebraska.org for assistance with submitting your comment. For instance, if you have water crossings, or known endangered species or wildlife habitat on your land, be sure to include exact locations and detailed information about them in your comments. 

The deadline to submit a public comment is June 25th. 

Act now: Sign on to Bold’s #NoKXL comment.

Thanks for standing with us. 

Mark and the Bold team

P.S. Chip in to support Bold’s work to stop Keystone XL.

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What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources

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Duty to Warn

By Gary G. Kohls, MD – March 6, 2018

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The wise blogger wrote:

Industry-controlled ‘science’ is not really science but a smokescreen to pave the way for products that may be harmful – but what do they care as long as they profit? There are many great scientists but there are also some who are willing to be hired to ‘prove’ that something doesn’t cause cancer, or that something is ‘safe’. You cannot trust the EPA, the FDA, or industry ‘science’.”

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Here is an incomplete list of some of the culprits:

A) Foreign Mining Corporations (PolyMet, Glencore, Twin Metals, Antofagasta, etc);

  1. Minnesota’s Elected Politicians/Accomplices (both Corporate-influenced “Liberal” Democrats, and “Conservative” Republicans);
  2. Minnesota’s “Regulatory” Agencies that are Supposed to be “Natural Resource Protectors” (Including the DNR, the PCA, and the US Forest Service); and
  3. Most Area Newspapers; Most Area Television Stations; All the Area’s Chambers of Commerce; Minnesota Power (Electric Utility); the Trump Administration; Regional Labor Unions: and Dozens of Suppliers/Businesses that will Temporarily Profit from Supplying the Mining Industry While Simultaneously Risking the Permanent Poisoning of the St Louis River Watershed, Including Lake Superior

This column will point out and try to de-mystify some of the often-perplexing developments in the decades-long debate concerning allowing foreign mining corporations (which could justifiably be considered “Undocumented Aliens”) to invade water-rich northern Minnesota in order to extract our state’s non-ferrous metal deposits- for the selfish enrichment of its foreign shareholders and management, none of whom really care about the long-term consequences to the state’s precious water resources.

Everywhere in the world where copper mines have been dug and the poisonous tailing’s ponds have been installed, there has not been a single one that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds, often catastrophically, see the list of 100 of them at . State of the art copper sulfide mines inevitably produce as an inevitable by-product sulfuric acid and many other toxic substances that poison the soil, air, ground water, nearby aquifers, lakes and downstream rivers, especially in water-rich environments like northern Minnesota. More

Toxic Copper Mine Tailings Ponds to be Located Upstream from the St Louis River and Lake Superior

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Duty to Warn

 By Gary G. Kohls, MD

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Requesting honest information from the Minnesota DNR, the Minnesota PCA and the US Forest Service regarding the latest PolyMet project permit application:

Please respond to the concerned folks to which this email has been cc’ed, all the details of the permit that the foreign corporation Glencore has submitted to the MNDNR, MNPCA, or US Forest Service concerning the establishment and maintainance of their enormously dangerous, potentially catastrophic, toxic tailings lagoon, an entity that seems to have been conveniently ignored by the media cheerleaders and even you regulatory entities.

I don’t recall seeing any permit application published for the eventual 250 foot high earthen dams that will hold back for eternity the tens of millions of cubic meters of poisonous liquid sludge that the copper/nickel/sulfuric acid mine will inevitably produce (and need to be stored).

Anybody with any awareness of the risks of the toxic metal and sulfuric acid recognizes that the tailings lagoon MUST be the center of discussion. So far it is rarely mentioned in the occasional news bulletins.

Every copper/nickel liquid tailings pond holds the 99.8% mine waste plus the liquids that is used to pipe the dissolved powder from the processing plant to the pond.

Every copper/nickel sulfide mine in the history of mining has leaked/leached poisons into the groundwater, onto adjacent lands and into the downstream environment. This happens at all copper mine sites that are located in watery environments such as northern Minnesota. More

Why the State of Jefferson is ready to split from the Great Late State of California.

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Chuck Frank

(USA Today) “A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County, California…compliments of the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) “  But where’s the Trump card?

So if the feds can permit everything from plowing to taking a hike into a public National Forest, what will be next?   Will you need a permit to take your car to Yosemite if you don’t take a tour bus? Will you need a permit to rototill your own garden plot?  Hello!  It all comes down to more regulations meant for control and funneling a lot more money into glorified welfare jobs while billions are going to government workers and the red left.
If the State of Jefferson actually becomes a realty and those breakaway counties address the never ending problem of fat bureaucrats on the take, along with the excessive ordinances and code meltdowns that have spread like a cancer all over California, then it will have succeeded.  The State of Jefferson will need to be a state that will essentially be “out of the box” and raw milk will be good for the soul.  Also, safe vaccines, alternative medicine and treatments will need to be a major factor in the State’s Constitutional framework as well.  Self sufficiency such as ones own water, healthy foods and non GMO farming should also be a huge consideration and a movement all to its own.

  The State of Jefferson, in my way of thinking, would represent an entirely new platform that would flip pseudo educators and radical politicos on their heads.  The new university system would far surpass other educational institutions and their politicized curriculum’s and would leave the red left and Marxists in the dust to where students would be free of progressive propaganda and embrace a new society having a moral compass which would once again be based upon standard norms such as individual freedoms, property rights, no room for asset forfeitures of real property, mercy, forgiveness, love, do unto others and you would have them do unto you, and a government that is truly for and by the people,  while making an exit
from a pseudo and tyrannical gestapo state resurrected by the European Union.  Thank the banking elite in Brussels, Belgium. 

  But if the State of Jefferson rises to their chosen call and becomes another new state, may it shine as a light to the world but also as an example for the rest of the states to follow.  This movement could be America’s only chance to once again embrace liberty which is presently being spearheaded by those patriots of Northern California who wish to combine over twenty counties into the new free State of Jefferson.

May 3 Public Service Commission Meeting on Keystone XL

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The public hearing on Keystone XL in York, Nebraska next Wednesday, May 3rd is the first of just two scheduled opportunities for the public to give testimony with their concerns about this pipeline that is using eminent for private gain, trampling sovereign Native rights, and threatening our land, water and climate. (The only other pubilc testimony opportunity announced by the Public Service Commission will be at the conclusion of the intervenor proceeding, scheduled for Aug. 7-11 in Lincoln, NE.)

Bold and our allies Sierra Club and 350.org are sponsoring buses to the May 3 hearing in York from Omaha, Lincoln, and points north (Atkinson, Neligh). We’re asking for a $10 donation per bus rider, which also covers the cost of a sack lunch and snacks for everyone. We’ll be hosting a Rally and press conference during the lunchtime hour with speakers — stand with us!

REGISTER NOW: BUSES TO MAY 3 KEYSTONE XL HEARING IN YORK 

Bold and Nebraska Sierra Club are hosting phone banks on Thursday (Lincoln), Sunday (Omaha) and Monday (Lincoln) to call our supporters and let them know about testifying at the May 3rd hearing, and the buses that are available to take everyone to the hearing. We’ll provide pizza and snacks at all of the phone banks!

PHONE BANKS: HELP RECRUIT FOR MAY 3 KXL PUBLIC HEARING

Can’t join us at the public hearing in York? 

Click here to submit a written comment on Keystone XL to the Public Service Commission.

Donate $25 now to help Bold stop Keystone XL.

Thanks for standing with us. 

Mark Hefflinger and the Bold Nebraska team
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Hastings, NE 68901 US

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