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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Eco Action Alerts


**THE CLEAN AIR ACT IS UNDER ATTACK**

The Bush Administration proposes to weaken the Clean Air Act's New Source Review program and allow 17,000 old dirty power plants and other facilities to emit more pollution by not installing modern pollution controls.

Specifically, the proposed changes will allow old power plants to perform major renovations and additions without complying with the Clean Air's emissions standards.

The New Source Review program is needed to bring these old plants up to date - to prevent more pollution-related disease and death and to protect New York's lakes and forests from acid rain.

**MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD**

On March 31, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings on the proposed changes in Albany, New York and four other cities. Please take this opportunity to speak on behalf of New York's environment.

**HEARING INFO**

The hearing is on Monday, March 31, 2003 beginning at 9:00AM at the Albany Marriott Hotel at 189 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY. If you would like to speak at the hearing, contact Chandra Kennedy at 919-541-5319 or kennedy.chandra@epa.gov  no later than March 26, 2003.

**There will be a Clean Air Rally from 9:30AM-10:30AM on March 31 at the Marriott.**

**FOR MORE INFORMATION AND SAMPLE TALKING POINTS**

Visit: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/2dqqMu41UPDK/new-source-review  or call Christine Vanderlan, EANY, at 518-462-5526 ext. 234 for more information.

If you don't live in New York and would like to see if there is a hearing closer to you, visit: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/27qqMu41UPDZ/epa-page .

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Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this. http://actionnetwork.org/join-forward.html?domain=eany&r=hpqqMu41Eu-G

~Richie Conte, Environmental Committee


Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There is finally a bill before Congress that will force over 17,000 polluting industries in the U.S. to actually do something about capping their greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill is the bipartisan "McCain-Lieberman global warming bill".  Is this bill perfect? No. It is however, a major step forward compared to the plan the Bush Administration proposed. The Bush team felt it was just fine to let these 17,000 industries voluntarily cap their emissions. (I hope we don't look thaaat stupid!)

There seems to be a strong belief that with enough public support, this bill can become law. The environmental group, Environmental Defense believes we can turn the tide on our "do-nothing" policy if we can get one million citizen co-sponsors to petition their senators to sign on to this legislation.

To sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the McCain-Lieberman Global Warming Bill go to: www.environmentaldefense.org/go/globalwarming  

Also, please send this info to as many people as you can. Remember, to create real change, we must constantly widen our circle.

~Richie Conte, Environmental Committee


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