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Tuesday, September 16 - 7:00 P.M.
The Aging of the Nuclear State - An Update
Susanne Rhodes & Ron Sobczak

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Next Greenville meeting:
Tuesday, September 16 - 7:00 P.M.
The Aging of the Nuclear State - An Update
Susanne Rhodes & Ron Sobczak

An update from the Greenville League of Women Voters and the Bartram Sierra Club On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., the Greenville League of Women Voters and the Bartram Sierra Club will present an update on nuclear activities in South Carolina at the University Center (former McAlister Square Shopping Center) 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville 29607.

Susanne Rhodes with the League of Women Voters who prepared Nuclear Waste in SC–an Issue Brief for Citizens will discuss the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear future, the Savannah River Nuclear Site, the nuclear waste fund and proposed international shipments of nuclear waste to SC.

Ron Sobczak, retired professor and currently Chair of the Bartram Sierra Club, will discuss nuclear energy and nuclear waste. He will also talk about the recent court victory for the Sierra Club over violations at Chem-Nuclear.

You are encouraged to read the above referenced issue brief at

And please save the date of Thursday,November 6, 2014 for a follow
up presentation on nuclear policy issues we face in South Carolina. We encourage you to become informed and active as SC and the US formulate policies for dealing with our increasing supply of nuclear waste.

coming in October:

A Call for Leadership and Service

I hope you take the time to read Ron Sobczak's article on the Atlanta Climate Rally and March. His participation (and the participation of six other local Sierra Club members) is a good example of what the Sierra Club is about; grassroots,member-based participation in environmental issues. Additionally, you may recall in last month's Bartram Bulletin Bob Church mentioned upcoming transitions for many ExCom members at the end of the year. These retiring ExCom members dedicated significant time and and talents to the Bartram Group over the past two decades. The beginning of 2015 brings a significant leadership void for the group. Therefore, in October, our monthly meeting will be an organizational meeting to discuss the plan forward for our local group. Bartram Sierra is only as effective as its volunteers and we need volunteers to remain a strong, vibrant group. Please attend and help us stay active. ❧


Saturday, September 13
• Picnic on the Saluda River with Frank Holleman

Our guest will be Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center. This will be a picnic on the Saluda River to learn about coal ash and other threats to the Saluda River. Very informal. No limit. Call Dennis for details (864) 430-3754.

A Rally for Clean Air and Clean Energy in Atlanta

I got an e-mail from the Sierra Club. And actually read it. The SC Chapter of the Sierra Club received grant money to rent a bus to go to Atlanta for the July 29th EPA hearings on the proposed carbon pollution regulations and they wanted warm bodies to fill the bus.

Volunteers In Action

Seven Bartram members (along with members from Columbia and Asheville) traveled to Atlanta for a rally to support the EPA's
new regulations regarding its carbon rules.
Thanks to Pat Farrelly, Debbie Thomas, Norm Sharp, Kathryn Muller,
Ron Sobczak, Kathleen Kempe and Craig Stine.

Lawyers Supporting the Environment:

•Dennis Chamberlain
General Practice • Emphasis on Bankruptcy, Financial & Business Issues.
819 East North Street, Greenville, SC 29601; (864) 331–3069

•Frank J. Dana III, CELA
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation:
Upstate Elder Law, P.A.
Wills and Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Guardianships and
Conservatorships, Estate Administration, Special Needs Trusts
15 Brendan Way, Suite 215, Greenville, SC 29615; (864) 288–7631;

•Tom Dudley
Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
Construction and Business Law
704 East McBee Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601; (864) 242–4899

•Ronald A. Maxwell
With Emphasis on Personal Injury and On the Job Injuries
225 Chesterfield Street, NW Aiken, SC 29801; (803)641–6700
516 West Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina 29861
(803) 202–1100;

•Don Pilzer
Social Security Disability only
300 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601; (800) 518–0234

•Gary W. Poliakoff
Representing Victims of Personal Injury and Toxic Exposure
and Contaminated Property • We represent no violators of
environmental law.
215 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; (864) 582–5472

•Andrew N. Poliakoff
Workers Compensation and auto accidents.
152 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg SC 29306

• Adopt-a-Highway:

Under our name Sierra Club in green is a blue sign COUNTY WINNER! How cool is that!? The "have pride don't litter" sign hangs below that. (2012/11/14)

Outings & Events:

Volunteer Opportunities

street cleanup

We need volunteers to work on conservation issues. If you are interested, please contact Eric Thompson


The Green Spot:
3 Energy and Money Saving Devices

1. Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats can potentially save buyers up to $180 a year. A thermostat, however, will only save you money if you program it. "Smart" thermostats are now available with motion sensors that< help do the work of detecting and setting the temperature in your home.

2. Interior Lighting
By now, everyone knows that incandescent bulbs are out–as of January, 2014. Currently, there are three choices to replace them: halogenincandescents, CFLs, and LEDs. There's a lot of junk out there, so don't waste your money. Stick with brands you know and trust. Read the labels to narrow your choices by temperature and color, which has nothing to do with wattage. Chose "daylight" for a cool tone and "soft white" for warm. The Department of Energy estimates that consumers will save between $6 billion and $10 billion a year in lighting costs.

3. Power Strip
"Smart" power strips, about $20, can also save you money. They are color-coded and designed to reduce usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Most feature three outlet colors. The blue outlet serves as a control plug, and is ideal for your TV. Anything plugged into red outlets stay on, for example, your satellite box. The remaining outlets, usually green, cut off when the blue outlet shuts off. You should start to see a payback in about a year.

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