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.
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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 […]
Why the Middle Fork? • Dynegy’s Coal Ash Threat • Dynegy’s Proposed Fix • Act Today • Campaign Resources DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET Sample Script for Calling Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and IEPA Director Alec Messina Calling the offices of the Governor and Illinois EPA is easy to do, and will become increasingly important in the coming […]
Why the Middle Fork? • Dynegy’s Coal Ash Threat • Dynegy’s Proposed Fix • Act Today • Campaign Resources DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET Sample Script for Calling Representative Chad Hays and Senator Scott Bennett Calling the offices of your elected officials is easy to do, and will become increasingly important in the coming months. You can reach […]
The Vermilion Middle Fork, one of the country’s “National Scenic RIvers”, is a swift-flowing river winding through lush forests, rolling prairie and craggy cliffs in central Illinois. But the river’s banks butt up against three massive pits filled with toxic coal ash produced over five decades by the Vermilion coal-fired power plant, which closed in 2011 and is still owned by the power company Dynegy.