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Sample Script for Calling Illinois Governor Rauner and IEPA Director Alec Messina

Calling the offices of Governor Rauner and the Illinois EPA Director is easy to do, and will become increasingly important in the coming months. You can reach the Governor at: 217.782.0244, and the IEPA Director at 217.782-0547. The sample script provided below is just that - a sample. Please revise this to make it as personal as possible.

My name is ____________________.  I understand that Dynegy-Midwest=Generation is seeking approval of a plan to close three coal ash pits at their Vermilion Power Generating Station near Danville. I am concerned that Dynegy plans to leave its coal ash in three pits along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.  Two of these three pits are leaking toxic waste into the river.  The third sits over areas that have been mined, and I am concerned that this pit could subside.  Also, the river is severely eroding the banks of river abutting the two older, unlined pits.  No matter how much stabilization is put in place, he natural forces of the river may, at some point in the future,  breach one or more of these pits..  If this happened, millions of gallons of toxic waste could be released into into the state's only state- and nationally-recognized scenic river.

I know that the river has destroyed bank stabilization put in place next to the pits in the 1980s.  Once Dynegy leaves, the responsibility of maintaining or repairing riverbank stabilization that might be installed will become the responsibility of Illinois taxpayers.  And if there were to be a breach in one or more of these pits, the river system that Danville and Vermilion County depend on for tourism and economic development would be destroyed.  And if this did occur, the taxpayer - not Dynegy - would be responsible for cleanup.

I ask that you require  require Dynegy-Midwest Generation to take full responsibility for its waste impoundments and remove them from the floodplain of the Middle Fork, and place the ash on its property, away from the river, in properly-constructed, lined facilities.  Other states are requiring utilities to move their toxic ash away from waterways.  Why wouldn't we want to do the same? 

 

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