Ask Vermilion County officials to take action to protect the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River and surrounding groundwater from toxic coal ash pollution.
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.