The Middle Fork is Illinois’ only National Scenic River, and contributes to the economy of Vermilion County and Danville. But it is threatened by coal ash.
Ask Vermilion County officials to take action to protect the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River and surrounding groundwater from toxic coal ash pollution.
The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is a hidden treasure in east-central Illinois. Bounded by over 8,000 acres of public parkland and recognized for its biological diversity, scenic beauty and recreational potential, this stream is threatened by coal ash pollution. See how you can help preserve the river for future generations.
WHAT IS COAL ASH? • ILLINOIS RANKS FIRST IN THE COUNTRY • PROTECT ILLINOIS Every year an additional 140 million tons of coal ash are generated by coal-burning power plants – enough to fill a train stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole. Illinois is responsible for more than 4.4 million tons, annually, most of which […]
Coal combustion waste, or coal ash, is the waste that’s left over when coal is burned in a power plant to generate electricity. It can include fly ash, bottom ash, and boiler slag, and flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) or scrubber sludge from air emissions controls. Coal ash can be hazardous because of its concentrated levels of toxic metals that […]
WHAT IS COAL ASH? • ILLINOIS RANKS FIRST IN THE COUNTRY • PROTECT ILLINOIS Illinois generates more than 4.4 million tons of coal ash EVERY YEAR, and imports coal ash (or coal combustion waste) from six or more other states. Illinois ranks first in the nation with respect to the total number of coal ash disposal sites in […]