Trump’s promises to Illinois coal mine workers doesn’t compute because of mechanization and markets, yet many still hope he will bring the industry to its former glory.
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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 […]
MOVE COMMUNITIES BEYOND COAL • COAL COSTS ILLINOIS • JOIN A DELEGATION The story of coal mining in Illinois is, as it is in most places across the country and the globe, a story of continuing booms and busts. Economies dependent on coal once thrived during booms, but today’s method of mining relies more on machines than miners, […]
Send a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner, the Director of the Illinois EPA, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Tell them to adopt strong rules that require meaningful evaluation of alternatives; provide for public involvement; and ensure corporations pay for the cleanup of their toxic waste.
MOVE COMMUNITIES BEYOND COAL • COAL COSTS ILLINOIS • JOIN A DELEGATION One of the ingredients of change is to link information with moral principles. We can all read about coal mining and its impacts on the air, land and water resources of an adjacent community. But without seeing the destruction and meeting those impacted, we’re likely just […]