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Coalition Challenges Bush Air Policy

On October 27, the Sierra Club joined 13 states, more than 20 cities, and 6 other environmental and public health groups to mount a legal challenge to the Bush administration’s weakening of the Clean Air Act. The administration dismantled the New Source Review program, which requires the nation’s oldest and dirtiest power plants and factories to install modern pollution-fighting technology when they make changes that increase the amount of pollution they are producing. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that only Congress can make such significant changes to the Clean Air Act.

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Wal-Mart Day of Action: January 14, 2004

Join environmentalists, workers, labor activists, students, community activists, and others in a nationwide day of action targeting Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart's poor land-use practices, which promote sprawl, undermine local businesses, and destroy downtowns, have led to communities across the nation opposing new Wal-Mart stores. Wal-Mart has also come under intense attack for for its low wages, poor working conditions, and hostility to unions. Protest activities are planned on January 14 in all 50 state capitals and other locations. To join with Sierra Club members in your area, go to

Wildfire Bill Smokescreen for Increased Logging

As wildfires raged in Southern California, the Senate passed its version of the Bush administration’s so-called Healthy Forests Initiative. The Club opposed the Cochran-Wyden-Feinstein measure, saying it fails to guarantee that resources would be directed to the removal of small trees around homes and instead allows more logging far in the backcountry. The bill, which now goes to a conference committee that will reconcile the Senate and House versions, would also reduce citizen participation in forest management oversight. The Sierra Club supports instead a "community protection plan," which emphasizes fuel reduction projects and "firewise" protections along the boundaries of communities adjacent to forest lands. For more information, go to

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