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Protect Illinois' Only Scenic River from Coal Ash Pollution!
Dynegy wants to cap and walk away from three coal ash ponds in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in central Illinois. Two of these ponds are unlined and leaking toxic waste into the river. All three are eroding, threatening collapse, which would sent millions of coal ash downstream.
Join a Delegation!
EJC hosts delegations to central and southern Illinois and Coal River Valley, West Virginia as a way to transform delegates' understanding about the impacts of the lifecycle of coal; provide support for frontline communities; and advocate for a just transition from coal to renewable energy. Planning is underway for a mid-October 2015 delegation to southern Illinois. Interested? Email us or call 773.556.3417.
Stories from the Heartland
EJC produced these two videos to highlight the impacts of Deer Run Mine, a longwall mine, on Hillsboro, a central Illinois community in Montgomery County. Longwall mining is the most efficient methods of mining coal, capable of recovering up to 90% of this mineral resource.
Longwall mining at Deer Run Mine and its “planned subsidence” now threatens over 5000 acres of highly productive farmland in Montgomery County. The mine is owned and operated by Hillsboro Energy LLC, an affiliate of the Cline Group. Coal baron Chris Cline is one of the driving forces behind expanding Illinois Basin coal production. Chris made his fortune in Appalachia before acquiring rights to high-energy, high-sulfur Illinois coal. Spending $300 million on mining rights and equipment in Illinois, he predicted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require power plants to use scrubbers in removing pollutants. Illinois coal has too much sulfur to be safely burned without pollution control equipment.
About Eco-Justice Collaborative
Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our leadership in education, advocacy, and collaboration has been instrumental in reducing power plant pollution, fighting subsidies to dirty coal, and creating public forums that explore pathways to a just and an environmentally-sustainable future. Contact us at 773.556.3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and let great things begin!