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Call, write and email the people who make the important decisions affecting your community. A local body, such as a zoning board or city council, might hold the power to clear the way for new projects in your community. If so, focus some of your efforts on influencing that board's decision. Write to them, express your concerns and ask for a private meeting with your group.

  • Governing bodies issue permits to certain types of facilities to discharge wastes into air and water. Check with your state or local environmental department to find out which body issues these permits -- contact them and make your concerns known.

  • Some elected officials or administrators might be sympathetic to your concerns -- a city councilperson, a county commissioner or an engineer at the local department of environmental protection. Enlist their help.

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