SWICQL presidents speaks at Statehouse

By Herald Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — President of Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life Mary Hess and her fellow SWICQL officers — Randy Vaal, Jane Schipp, and Rock Emmert — participated in Hoosier Action's vigil and call to action Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse. In front of fellow citizens and a large media presence, Hess spoke about the legislators' lack of action on environmental bills in this year's session, especially amid Indiana's No. 1 ranking in toxic release in the US.

Hoosier Action is a statewide, member-led, independent, non-partisan community organization building the power of working people in Indiana. The group works to ensure that all Hoosiers live lives of dignity and opportunity.

Tuesday's event, titled "Reclaim Our Future: Vigil and Call to Action for All Hoosiers," honored the victims of COVID-19 and promoted ways to improve our state moving forward.

SWICQL, represented by Earthjustice in their ongoing appeals, was one of many Indiana grassroots groups who sponsored the event. SWICQL is currently appealing Riverview Energy’s air quality permit for a 512-acre coal-to-diesel refinery inside the city limits of Dale in Spencer County.

To learn more about SWICQL, visit www.noc2d.com.

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