Demand Illinois Officials Act on Illinois'
Growing Coal Ash Crisis
A new report released by Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, Prairie Rivers Network, and Sierra Club shows there is severe groundwater contamination from coal ash at Illinois Power Plants. Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal at power plants, and it can cause cancer, developmental disorders, and reproductive problems.
For those familiar with coal ash dumped in the Middle Fork of the Vermilion, Illinois’ National Scenic River, the conclusions reached in this report are not a surprise:
- Twenty-two of 24 of Illinois’ reporting coal plants have dumpsites leaking unsafe levels of toxic pollutants in the groundwater. Unsafe levels of one or more of the following pollutants was found at 18 of these power plant sites: 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 each year.
Listen to stories of some of the people affected by toxic ash dumped in waterways in their communities, then add your voice to the growing number of people demanding action from Illinois legislators.
It’s Time We Demand Illinois’ Officials Address this Coal Ash Crisis
Eco-Justice Collaborative and other groups from across the state are calling for State officials to put protections in place to stop the pollution from coal ash permanently; ensure the public has a voice in how coal ash impoundments are closed near their communities; and 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 send a letter that urges your State Senator and State Representative to make solving Illinois’ growing coal ash crisis a priority next year.