Speak Up for Clean Water!
Take a Moment to Act on Illinois' Coal Ash Crisis
Severe Groundwater Contamination
Found at Illinois Power Plants
Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal, and it is leaking from dumpsites at power plants into our waterways. Coal ash contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause cancer, developmental disorders, and reproductive problems.
How Bad Is It?
"Cap and Run: Toxic Coal Ash Left Behind by Big Polluters Threatens Illinois Water" is a new report released by Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, Prairie Rivers Network, and Sierra Club. It shows twenty-two of twenty-four coal plants with available data have levels of toxic pollutants in groundwater on their sites. Eighteen were found to have unsafe levels for one or more of the following pollutants: arsenic, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and thallium.
But this pollution is not limited to groundwater contamination. According to information on file with Illinois EPA, Illinois coal plants also dump millions of pounds of pollution into lakes, rivers and streams every year.
What Can You Do?
Sign Our Petition Today!
It's time to tell your elected officials they must act to protect our water and address Illinois' growing coal ash crisis in 2019! Eco-Justice Collaborative is calling on Illinois officials to immediately put protections in place that will:
- Stop the pollution from coal ash permanently.
- Ensure the public has a voice in how coal ash impoundments are closed near their communities.
- Hold polluters accountable for the toxic messes they have created.
Will You Add Your Voice?
Simply fill in your contact information below, and click next to read and sign the petition that urges your State Senator and State Representative to make solving Illinois’ growing coal ash crisis a priority in 2019!