Act to Protect the Middle Fork Today!
Join the campaign to place a spotlight on Dynegy’s Vermilion plant, forcing a responsible closure plan for the three ash pits. We think this is the only way to address this local issue, while simultaneously calling attention to the need for strong Illinois rules on coal ash.
Here are a few things you can do:
(1) Send this Letter to Governor Rauner and Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina, asking them to tell Dynegy to properly dispose of its toxic waste.
All you need to do is click the link, add your contact information, and then click "NEXT" to review and modify the letter. Sharing the reasons why you are concerned will have a greater effect if you take a moment to make it personal.
(2) Watch and share Eco-Justice Collaborative's video on coal ash pollution and the Middle Fork.
(3) Help us table at farmers' markets and other events. Contact Pam if you are interested.
(4) Call Illinois State Representative Chad Hays (217.477.0104) and Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett (217.442.5252). Click for sample script.
(5) Place a call to Governor Rauner's office at 217.782.0244 and Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina at 271.782.0547 and ask them to tell Dynegy to move its coal ash out of the floodplain of the Middlefork of the Vermilion River. Click for sample script.
(6) Host an informational meeting in your home or through your organization. EJC will provide you with all the materials and support you need, including petitions, a copy of our video, fliers and more.
(7) Help organize a meeting with your church, school, service club, or neighborhood group. We'll bring fact sheets, our video, slides, and make a 30-minute presentation. Contact Lan if you are interested.
(8) Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. See Tools for Engagement, below for tips on how to write an effective letter.
Tools for Engagement
The success of this campaign will depend on the number of businesses, faith leaders, elected officials, service groups, and residents who take action. This section provides essential tools that will help build support through awareness and education; media; and advocacy.
Paper Petitions (take to meetings or use when tabling)
Petition, Governor Rauner and IEPA Director Messina
Letter to Governor Rauner and IEPA Director Alec Messina
How to Host a House Party
This is one of the easiest ways to spread the word about the campaign, and persuade people to take action. Click for an easy to follow guide that lays out the essentials for hosting a house party.
How to Write a Letter to the Editor
A letter to the editor (LTE) is a written way of talking to a newspaper, magazine, or other regularly printed publication about an issue you want people to know about. Community Toolbox has a great section on their website that will help you craft an effective letter. Click for an excerpt and links to help you get your letter published.