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Group Rallying Support Over Coal Ash Threat

Bill Pickett, Vermilion County First
January 18, 2018

A group hoping to keep coal ash out of the National Scenic Middle Fork River is attempting to get more people involved in its effort. The Eco-Justice Collaborative is hosting a meeting at 7 o’clock this evening (Thursday, January 18th, 2018) in the Danville City Council chambers so area residents can meet the organizers of a new group involved in the campaign.

Lan Richart, co-director of the Eco Justice Collaborative, outlined Dynegy’s plan for dealing with three coal ash pits which are located near the Middle Fork. Richart added the river is eroding the banks of the two oldest coal ash pits at a rate much faster than what was previously predicted by Dynegy consultants.

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The natural erosional forces of the Middle Fork River have ripped away gabions (wire cages filled with rock) installed by Illinois Power to protect the riverbank that abuts the Old East Ash Pit, leaving exposed wires in the channel. Photo by Pam Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative.  April 2016.

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