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This is a long text about the Coalition's recent work and its' projects.  The beginning is here -- the rest is a click or two farther into the site.  The rest of the story begins with :Grassroots Campaign".

Dear Coalition Members:
 
After providing the BLM with ample opportunity to substantively address our grievances, we are now launching a grassroots campaign to help institute a permanent salt replenishment program.  The following provides context for the campaign along with information about the Coalition website and related activities.
  Grassroots Campaign
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing an “Environmental Assessment” (E.A.) as part of managing the potash mining operations at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It may outline requirements for a salt replenishment program.  The draft E.A. is expected to be issued in the near future, possible before Speed Week.  A final E.A. may be issued in as little as 30 to 60 days after that, providing little time for public comment and BLM consideration of those comments.
 
Our legal counsel, Russ Deane, has had numerous conversations with BLM officials about the need to institute a permanent salt replenishment program.  The officials include BLM Director Bob Abbey, Field Office Manager Jill Silvey and District Manager Glenn Carpenter, among others.   Russ has stressed that the “Save the Salt” Coalition worked with the previous mine operator to implement a successful salt replenishment program from 1997-2002 and the Coalition was seeking a similar outcome.  Russ noted that the Coalition has identified several minimum elements for a successful program:

·        salt replenished in the same amount or more,

·        of the same or better quality,

·        over a period of many months to ensure above-ground dispersal
and underground aquifer replenishment,

·        no salt removal from the BSF region for commercial sale, and

·        a permanent and verifiable program.
 
For months, Russ has requested assurance that the upcoming E.A. will satisfy these basic elements.  The BLM officials have refused to provide such assurance.  For months, we have delayed a public grassroots campaign as the assurance was sought.  Failing to achieve the goal, we are now launching a grassroots campaign.
 
The campaign message is simple: we are seeking assurance that the BLM’s upcoming Environmental Assessment satisfy the elements listed above.  The message is being directed to BLM Director Bob Abbey.
 
Attachment A (below) is an action alert that the SEMA Action Network (SAN) is issuing to all of its members.  Source Interlink Media is also posting the action alert on its websites/blogs (about 60 sites).  Source editors are also publishing BSF educational materials on the websites and in magazines.  Members of the Coalition are encouraged to undertake similar individual grassroots efforts.  Feel free to use the SAN message text or to craft your own message.
 
Coalition Members, Website, Press Release
 
Attachment B identifies companies/organizations that have joined the Coalition, along with the primary contact person/e-mail address/phone number information.  Please let me know of any changes.  Also, we encourage you to enlist more members.
 
We apologize that the www.SaveTheSalt.org website does not currently reflect all of the names of the Coalition members.  The website is now being updated.
 
The Coalition issued a press release when it was launched in April and will now issue a second press release in early August to announce its expansion and grassroots campaign.  I will circulate a draft next week.
 
Congressional Action
 
The Save the Salt Coalition has secured a letter to BLM Director Abbey from Utah’s Congressional delegation (Reps. Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson, Jason Chaffetz) --Attachment C -- which encourages the BLM to carefully study and evaluate how best to preserve this important national asset and ensure its continued multiple-uses.  Rep. Rob Bishop chairs the House Natural Resources Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the site, and the BSF is in his House district.
 
The letter carries significant weight and is also considered a first step.  If the BLM does not issue an Environmental Assessment with sufficient protective elements, the Utah Congressional delegation is prepared to pursue a House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing and other actions.  We have also briefed Utah’s Senators (Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee) and are in the process of “educating” House Natural Resource Committee members about the issue.  We are also will pursue additional Congressional intervention to secure adequate protections if necessary.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Stuart
 
Stuart Gosswein
Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
1317 F Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC  20004
202/783-6007, ext. 30
202/783-6024 – fax
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Attachment A
URGENT SEMA ACTION NETWORK ALERT
 
The Bonneville Salt Flats Are Being Destroyed – Help Save the Salt!
 
The history of the Bonneville Salt Flats is well known.  Since 1914, racers have gone to Utah to set land speed records and achieve personal best times.  In addition to its professional racing programs, Bonneville remains at the heart of every racer’s dreams.  For decades, the Salt Flats have decreased in size, strength and thickness because salt has been removed by an adjoining potash mining operation.
 
Preservation of the Salt Flats is under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The BLM has conducted multiple studies to confirm that salt is being removed and not adequately replaced by the mining operation.  However, the BLM has failed to stop the destruction and institute a permanent solution.  Originally 96,000 acres in size, the Salt Flats are now about 30,000 acres.  The BLM is “studying” the problem -- again -- and set to issue an “environmental assessment.”  The assessment must call for a permanent salt replenishment program.  
 
We Urge You to Contact BLM Director Robert Abbey
and Demand That He Protect the Bonneville Salt Flats
 
The Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) is central to the history of motorsports.  Scores of world land speed records have been set on the Flats.  The area is a “National Landmark” and an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.”  The BLM is responsible for protecting lands that have these two designations.
We are seeking an assurance from the BLM that the upcoming Environmental Assessment will require the mining operator to implement a permanent salt replenishment program, that will require that salt be replenished with the same or more salt than is removed from the mining operation.
The salt must be of the same or better quality, and the replenishment program must occur over a period of many months so the salt is dispensed throughout the BSF basin and the underground aquifer is replenished.
No salt should be removed from the BSF region for commercial sale.
The program must be permanent and verifiable.
 
DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Bureau of Land Management Director (contact information below) to urge a permanent solution for protecting the Bonneville Salt Flats!  Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Stuart Gosswein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
The Honorable Robert Abbey
Director, Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
fax:   202-208-5242
 
 
Attachment B
 
Save The Salt Coalition Members & Contact Information
 
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
Nick Haris; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 530/626-4250
Richard Podliska; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202/742.4303
Royce Wood;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; 202/742.4303
 
The Bonneville Nationals (BNI)
Roy Creel; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 661/268-1902
 
Blue Ribbon Coalition
Greg Mumm; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 605/718-9125
Brian Hawthorne; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 208/237-1008
Ric Foster; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 208/237-1008
 
BUB  Motorcycle Speed Trials
Dennis Manning; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 530/272-4310
 
Cooks Land Speed Events
Mike Cook; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
951/675-3070
 
East Coast Timing Association
Joe Timney; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 302/378-3013
 
Land Speed Productions
Louise Ann Noeth; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
314/692.0247 (Studio); 805/312.0893 (c)
 
Motorcycle Industry Council  (MIC)
Kathy Van Kleeck; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 703-416-0444
Duane Taylor; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 703/416-0444
 
Off-Road Business Association (ORBA)
Fred Wiley; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 661/323-1464
 
Save the Salt Foundation
Larry Volk; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 801/292-5425; 801/558-3888
Russ Eyres; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 858/453-3044 or 858/228-6256 (c)
Source Interlink Media
Doug Evans; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 813/675-3555 [Tampa]; 310/531-5982  [LA]
 
Southern California Timing Association (SCTA)
Don Ferguson III; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 310/462-2962
Mike Waters; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 661/270-0282
Steve Toller; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 562/692-5993
Miriam Macmillan; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 310/803-7032 (c)
 
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Stuart Gosswein; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202/783-6007, ext 30
Dan Sadowski; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202/783-6007, ext. 19
Steve McDonald; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202/783-6007, ext. 30
 
Speed Demon
Ron Main; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 818/998.7848 or 818/523.7005 (c)
Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA)
Gary & Ellen Wilkinson ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 801/485-2662
 
United States Automobile Club (USAC)
Dave Petrelli; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  317/247-515
 
Legal Counsel: Russ Deane, Trainum, Snowdon & Deane
Russ Deane; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 850/814-8336
 
IT/Website
Pam Manghelli; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 661/942-0911.
 
 
Attachment C
July 21, 2011
 
 
The Honorable Robert Abbey
Director
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street, NW, Room 5665
Washington, DC 20240
 
Dear Director Abbey:
 
As Members of Congress representing the state of Utah, we write to you regarding the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Plan of Operation and Reclamation between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a mining operator, Intrepid Potash - Wendover, LLC, near the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF).
 
As you know, the BLM manages the BSF as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and Special Recreation Management Area.  It is a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah.  The BSF is also the location where world famous land speed records are set.
 
The BSF is an important national asset and we strongly encourage the BLM to take into consideration the concerns of all BSF users in its efforts to protect and preserve the BSF as it has historically.  We also believe it is important that the BLM continue to apply sound scientific principles to the study and evaluation of the BSF consistent with its several recent evaluations of the BSF.
 
Since the BSF is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, we encourage the BLM to continue to carefully study and evaluate the BSF to determine how best to preserve this important national asset and to ensure its continued multiple-uses.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration of our request.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
                                                                                                                                              
Rob Bishop                                                                             Jim Matheson
Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress
 
 
                                              
Jason Chaffetz
Member of Congress
 

 
 
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