Montana Environmental Information Center

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Will you speak up for the Smith River?

SmithThis coming Monday, February 16th, the Montana Legislature will hold a hearing on a bill that would help to assure that the Smith River is protected from the proposed Smith River copper mine. SB 218, sponsored by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe of Great Falls, would require that metal mines that are likely to create acid mine drainage post a bond at 150% of the current bonding level. We need you to contact the Senate Natural Resources Committee members, and respectfully request that they support SB 218. <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Support Clean Energy in Montana: Contact Legislators

technicians inspecting solar panel stationWe need you to contact legislators on the House Energy Committee TODAY, and ask that they support clean, renewable energy in Montana. <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Contact DEQ on Toxic Air Emissions

PPL, the operator of the Colstrip coal plant, has asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for yet another delay – this time for an entire year – before having to control Colstrip’s toxic air pollution. DEQ should protect the public’s right to breathe clean air. It should protect public health not corporate polluters! It should just say NO! <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Say NO to the Keystone XL Pipeline!

tar sands destructionThe U.S. Senate will vote as early as tomorrow on a bill to bypass the President and force construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Despite the President’s ongoing analysis of the impacts of Keystone, and his authority to approve or deny the pipeline, certain members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for a vote on the Hoeven-Landrieu bill (S. 2280). Some moderates are playing along, and this bill may have the votes to pass! <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Say NO to Giving Colstrip Another Year to Control Toxic Air Pollution!

Colstrip Power Plant

PPL earned $1.1 billion in profits in 2013, and can afford to clean up its toxic air pollution. It just doesn’t want to spend the money to clean up its act. PPL just asked the State to give it another year before it has to control its toxic air pollution because it doesn’t want to spend the money. Tell DEQ to say NO to this appalling corporate handout!

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Tell Montana’s Governor Bullock and the EPA to Support the Clean Power Plan

Governor Steve Bullock MontanaNow is the time for YOU to act on climate change! Power plants are the number one cause of climate changing pollution and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finally proposing to make power plants clean up their act. But the EPA’s proposal for Montana is weak and the forces opposing any carbon pollution controls are rich and powerful. We need you to show your support for stronger emission reduction goals for Montana and encourage our Governor and the EPA to support reducing carbon pollution as much as possible. <TAKE ACTION NOW> 

Want to know more? Clean Power Plan Fact sheet

Contact the OSM: Stop Poisonous Orange Clouds

Montana's Constitution requires that all disturbed lands be reclaimed. Aerial view of Rosebud Coal mine.(c) Kestrel Aerial Services, Inc. (c)www.kestrelaerial.com

Coal mining companies in Montana frequently use explosives to blast the earth and the coal seam in order to mine the coal. Frequently this blasting creates poisonous orange clouds of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that can reach 300 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s ambient safety levels. NOx pollution is hazardous to humans. It can cause respiratory diseases, aggravate heart disease, and in extreme cases lead to premature death. We need you to sign our petition to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) today, and ask that it ban poisonous orange clouds! <TAKE ACTION>

Protect Montana’s Smith River from Arsenic

SmithVancouver, Canada, based Tintina Resources wants to mine for copper at the headwaters of the Smith River. This spring, MEIC and Earthworks challenged Tintina’s plans for a massive exploration tunnel, and the company withdrew its application. Now, Tintina is proposing to pump arsenic-laden water near its proposed mine site, and we need your help! <TAKE ACTION>

Tell the Montana Public Service Commission You don’t want to pay more for Colstrip’s Dirty Power

Colstrip Power Plant

If you are a NorthWestern Energy customer, last week the Montana Public Service Commission voted 4-1 to increase your electricity bills by 6.25% because the aging Colstrip coal-fired power plant broke down – again. We need you to contact the Montana Public Service Commission, and to tell it that Montanans don’t want their electric bills to increase because of an unreliable and aging coal plant. <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Support Montana’s Successful Renewable Energy Standard

JudithGap2The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature is accepting public comments now on its draft report, findings, and recommendations on the benefits and costs of Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). The Committee will finalize its report at its July meeting. It is critical that members of the Committee hear from you on the many benefits of clean energy in Montana! <TAKE ACTION>