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Okefenokee Victory

In August, the DuPont Chemical Corporation announced that it was retiring its mineral rights within Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and donating nearly 16,000 acres of land to The Conservation Fund. This is one of the most significant corporate land donations in the history of the State of Georgia, and the largest ever for the DuPont Land Legacy Program, which since 1992 has placed nearly 18,000 acres of company land into permanent protected status. The Conservation Fund will in turn donate 5,000 acres to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


WMDs Burning in Alabama

Anniston PoochThousands of false alarms have sounded within the Army’s chemical weapons incinerator in Anniston, Alabama, since it began operating on August 9. (See "Army Burns, Club Fumes," September 2003.) The Sierra Club favors a safer and more effective method of disposal called neutralization, and a second Club-organized rally (in which the canine pictured at right participated) opposing the incinerator was held in Anniston on Aug. 16. In early September, after insisting for nearly two weeks that an alarm on August 21 had falsely indicated a leak of the deadly nerve agent sarin, the Army acknowledged that there have been 10 such leaks. For more information, go to

Estrada Withdraws

On September 4, controversial judicial nominee Miguel Estrada asked President Bush to withdraw his name from consideration for the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Bush had been pushing for Estrada’s approval, but Senate Democrats filibustered seven times to block the move, insisting they would not allow a final vote until the appellate lawyer answered more of their questions in a public hearing or until the White House released Estrada’s working papers from his time at the Justice Department.