Action Alerts · Protect the Environment

Tell Trump What You Think of His Plans For 27 National Monuments

Tell Trump to continue to preserve 27 national monuments that he has in his sights. 

The Trump administration recently asked Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, to review the status of 27 national monuments–22 land-based ones in 11 states, and five marine ones. (Never mind that the monuments would have gone through review and public comment leading up to their designation…)

Given the way that Trump has behaved to date, you can bet that he and his minions aren’t interested in caring for these monuments as past administrations have pledged to do. It’s likely that Trump and friends are looking for ways to allow extraction of natural gas, coal, and the like on lands and waters held in public trust.

It’s on you to speak up and defend them.

The deadline to make comments in favor of the relatively newly-designated Bears Ears Monument in Utah is May 26. The deadline for submitting comments for the other 26 is July 10.

 

Modern Hiker has a good web page on how to comment, what to say, and which of the 27 seem to be at greater risk:

https://modernhiker.com/how-to-comment-on-trumps-national-monument-review?utm_content=buffere591e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

In particular, pay attention to what they write under the heading, “What Should I Write About In My Comments?” (Scroll down for this).

 

If you know what you want to say, here’s where to send your message (this is from the Modern Hiker page):

You can mail them to

Monument Review

MS-1530

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20240

Online comments may be submitted via regulations.gov by searching for “DOI-2017-0002” or by using this direct link.

Note that all comments – including any personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.

 

Also, visit Modern Hiker‘s web site:

https://modernhiker.com

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/modernhiker

 

And follow it on Twitter:

@modernhiker

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Tell EPA Head Scott Pruitt to Stop Coddling Polluters and Keep Protections in Place

Leave comments for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on what he should do–namely, leave environmental protections in place, thank you very much.

Until May 15, the EPA is accepting comments through its web site on “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Please go to the site and make it clear that you want the EPA to do its best to, you know, protect the environment and keep our air and water clean.

To this end you may want to ask the EPA to restore legislation that prevented hunters from using lead ammunition in national parks and on public lands.

You may want to ask the EPA to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), or even make them stricter.

You may want to ask that regulations protecting the environment be stricter, and punishments for polluters be harsher.

And you might also want to voice your support for policies that recognize that climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and humans can use the EPA to help fight it.

Just a few suggestions.

Remember: These are public comments, and they will be viewable by all. Please compose your thoughts accordingly.

 

See the page through which the EPA is accepting comments:

https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform

 

Or you can email your comments to the EPA:

Laws-Regs@epa.gov

 

You can also mail them:

Office of Policy Regulatory Reform,

Mail Code 1803A,

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20460

 

Read a piece on Earthjustice.org about the importance of answering Pruitt’s call for comments before the deadline:

http://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-april/scott-pruitt-is-betting-on-your-silence

 

Read a Sierra Club piece on how MATS is under threat:

http://www.sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/ideology-common-sense-and-poisoned-children

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Don’t Let the Government Erase LGBT Seniors–Comment Before May 12 to Correct a Health and Human Services Survey

Stop the federal government from turning a blind eye to the needs of LGBT seniors. Tell the Department of Health and Human Services to restore questions about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants questionnaire.

The SOGI questions were present in a January 2017 version of the report, but disappeared from a revised version that appeared in March, after Trump was elected. Refusing to collect data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of seniors makes it harder to identify and deliver services that they might need.

You can speak out against the change and demand the restoration of the SOGI questions, but you must do so before May 12, 2017. Email or write to the HHS representative who is accepting comments about the survey and say you want it to collect SOGI data.

Sample email or letter: Dear Ms Menne, I am emailing to ask the Health and Human Services department to restore questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. I would also ask you to keep looking into ways to support LGBT seniors in a thoughtful, competent manner, and to examine and share the survey results periodically. Thank you for taking my comments. Sincerely, <Firstname Lastname,>

 

Read a Fenway Focus post about the consequences of removing the SOGI questions from the survey:

http://fenwayfocus.org/2017/03/lgbt-seniors-those-living-with-disabilities-if-you-dont-count-us-we-dont-count/

 

Email Heather Menne, the HHS rep who is accepting comments on the survey:

heather.menne@acl.hhs.gov

 

Or mail her your comments:

Heather Menne

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Administration for Community Living

Washington DC 20201

 

Special thanks to Trump Resistance Today, who tipped us off to this. Follow Trump Resistance Today:

https://trumpresistance.today