Landfills in Region IVColorado: 15Wyoming: 2Montana: 5Iowa: 19Nebraska: 7Missouri: 29Kansas: 14Minnesota: 12North Dakota: 3South Dakota: 2
Transportation of Waste to LandfillsEx. The San Luis & Rio Grand Railroad had proposed to develop a radioactive,hazardous and toxic waste truck to rail transfer facility in Conjeos County,Colorado within 250 feet of the San Antonio River.Due to local efforts by residents and community organizations the proposalwas defeated!
IncineratorsOnly one incinerator in this region in Ames, Iowa!Arnold Chantland Recovery Plant – first municipality operated waste toenergy facility in the nation built in 1975(trash comes from residents in Story County, alone)
Kansas Oil Refinery—A History of Environmental InjusticeIn Feb, 2013, Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing was found guiltyof various environmental violations due to a 2007 flood and oil spill thatdischarged 2, 145 barrels of crude oil, fuel and oil water in to the VerdigrisRiver. They were forced to pay :•$556,244 for violations against the Clean Water Act•$ 1,746,256 for reimbursement of federal response costs associated withcleanup of the RiverRefinery wassubmerged underfour to six feet ofwater due to flood
Effects of FrackingBrainbridge, Ohio: home explosion and contaminated drinking waterGranger Township, Ohio: explosive levels of natural gas in community’sdrinking water (federal level of explosivity is 1% and inside one of thehomes tested was an alarming 20%)
Fracking AccidentsAppomattox, VirginiaNatural gas pipelineexplosion
Nuclear Waste Facility in Missouri –Callaway PlantThe Callaway plant supplies about 20% of the electricity sold to 1.2million customers in Missouri.The plant’s original 40-year license expires in 2024 and last year theyformally applied for a 20 year extension.
Anti-Regulatory InvestmentsCompany Total Spent on Lobbying in2010Southern Company $13,220,000Edison International $13,080,000American Electric Power $10,313,196Duke Energy $4,800,000Dominion $2,050,000First Energy $1,865,000Xcel Energy $1,720,000DTE Energy $1,500,000
Fighting Renewable EnergySouthern Company successfullyopposed a plan to create a nationalelectricity market in 2004 and hasdedicated significant money andeffort to fighting the RenewablePortfolio Standard (RPS), whichwould require utilities to purchase15% of their power from renewablesources by 2020.
CNN NEWSROOM-Hurricane IssacMALVEAUX: And Senator, finally, why is it thatPlaquemines Parish did not get that support for alevee?LANDRIEU: Because the Corps of Engineers has aformula that they use to determine where they aregoing to build or reinforce the levees, based oneconomic impact ….you get less points if there isless of an economic impact……
CEO Compensation for 2010 atCompanies Owning the Top EJ OffendersCompany CEO Name CEOCompensationEdison International Theodore F. Craver Jr. $9,536,038Dominion Thomas F. Farrell II $16,924,385DTE Energy Gerald M. Anderson $5,601,383Duke Energy James E. Rogers $8,815,181Xcel Energy Richard C. Kelly $9,956,433Southern Company Thomas A. Fanning $6,019,151First Energy Anthony J. Alexander $11,627,657[i] AFL-CIO CEO Pay Database, Accessed November 2011 http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/industry_2011.cfm
Deepening DisparityThe average CEO compensation forthese companies in 2010 was$9,782,889 while the averageworker in these companies made$33,840.On average the CEOs at thesecompanies were compensated at289 times the rate of compensationfor the average worker.
African Americans and Energy$40 Billion1.1%.01%
Our Overall Economic Plight While the national rate of unemploymentduring February 2012, was 8.3% that rateis nearly double of African Americans at14.1%. A report by the Pew Research Centerrevealed that the wealth divide betweenwhites and people of color hit a recordhigh in 2009, with the median wealth ofwhite households 20 times higher thanblack households
Achieving 75% wastediversion in2030 would:• Create 1.5 million new jobs• Lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissionsby 515 million tons(~72 coal plants or 50 million cars)• Significantly reduce pollution impactinghuman & ecological healthDiverting Waste
$600 millionfor 1,500 ton-per-dayincinerator$8 million for1,500 ton-per-dayrecyclingcenterSlide courtesy Brenda Platt, ILSR
Recycling Recology, San Francisco’s primaryrecycling, composting and wastecompany, employs more than 1,000workers who are represented by theTeamsters.Over 118 new employees have beenhired in recent years to sort recyclablesand monitor the collection routes in orderto meet San Francisco’s aggressiverecycling goals.
Diversion from Landfills=JOBS In Seattle 2009, nearly 100,000 tonsof organic waste was diverted fromlandfills by the city of Seattle’sprogram. The city of Seattle’s wastediversion efforts not only benefit theenvironment, but also sustain family-supporting jobs for the more than1,000 solid waste and recyclingdrivers and transfer stationemployees in Seattle and King Countywho are represented by the TeamstersUnion.
California 115,000 jobs in recyclingIllinois 40,000 jobs in recyclingNew York 32,200 jobs in recyclingMinnesota 18,000 jobs in reuseNorth Carolina 15,000 jobs in recyclingMassachusetts 13,900 jobs in recyclingSan Francisco 1,000 union jobs
Promoting Local OwnershipLocal ownership programs cancreate two to three times asmany jobs per megawattproduced. And these local jobskeep over three times as muchmoney and wealth in a communitycompared to big companies.
Why Progressive Energy Policies? ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The less energy weuse, the less we are polluting, the less ourcommunities are exposed to pollution, and theless we are advancing climate change, whichalso disproportionately harms ourcommunities. CLEAN ENERGY: The more clean energy weuse, the less harmful energy we are usingsaving our community health, property values,and the sustainability of our environment.
Defining Progressive Energy Policies Renewable Portfolio Standards —States commit to aminimum amount of their energy mix that will come fromrenewable sources Should be mandatory Should be at least 25% by 2025 Energy Efficiency Standards —States commit to reducingtheir energy consumption Should be mandatory Should be at least 1% annual reduction of previous year retailelectricity sales. Net Metering– Utility customers who generate their energythrough renewable sources are able to sell excess energygenerated back to the grid for the same purchasing priceutility companies charge for electricity.
Progressive Energy Policies inRegion IVSTATE ENERGYEFFICIENCYSTANDARDRENEWABLEENERGYSTANDARDNETMETERINGDistrict ofColumbiaNO YES YESMaryland YES YES YESSTATE ENERGYEFFICIENCYSTANDARDRENEWABLEENERGYSTANDARDNETMETERINGColoradoYES YES YESIowaYES YES YESKansasNO YES YESMinnesotaYES YES YESMissouriNO NO NO
Progressive Energy Policies inRegion I cont’dSTATE ENERGYEFFICIENCYSTANDARDRENEWABLEENERGYSTANDARDNETMETERINGDistrict ofColumbiaNO YES YESSTATE ENERGYEFFICIENCYSTANDARDRENEWABLEENERGYSTANDARDNETMETERINGMontana NO YES YESNebraska NO NO YESNorth Dakota NO YES YESSouth Dakota NO YES NOWyoming NO NO YES
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Our Resources 2010 Climate Justice Toolkit Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People—NationalReport Coal Blooded Action Toolkit 10,000 Steps Youth and College ToolkitComing Soon Just Energy Policies State By State Compendium ECJ Comprehensive Toolkit Black Church ECJ Toolkit Beasts of the Southern Wild Discussion Guide