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Attend the March 26 Hearing on the Middle Fork!
Riverbank Stabilization and Water Quality Certification

Middle Fork Public Hearing March 2019

We've Got a Hearing, and We Need You to Attend
While this hearing focuses on water quality and river use, it provides us the opportunity to talk to the Illinois EPA about the hazards of storing coal ash in the floodplain of the state's only National Scenic River.  Please attend, and spread the word.  The Illinois EPA needs to hear from you.

Dynegy Midwest Generation has applied for Section 401 water quality certification for impacts associated with an erosion mitigation and riverbank stabilization project along 2,000 linear feet of the right descending bank of the Middle Fork Vermilion River near Oakwood, Illinois. IEPA approval of the project is necessary for Dynegy to be able to cap its pits and leave them forever in the floodplain of Illinois' only National Scenic River.

Public Hearing for 401 Water Quality Certification
Dynegy Midwest Generation, L.L.C.

Middle Fork Vermilion River Bank Stabilization, Vermilion County
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Danville Area Community College (Gymnasium)
2000 East Main Street , Danville, Illinois 61832

We're planning a pre-hearing rally in front of the gymnasium at 5:30pm.  Please come and show your support for protecting the Middle Fork from coal ash pollution.  We expect to have a strong media presence.  Questions?  Contact EJC.

Will You Prepare a Comment or Testify?  Attend a Briefing!
This is your opportunity to tell agencies what you think of Dynegy's proposed project.  Eco-Justice Collaborative and Prairie Rivers Network have scheduled three opportunities to help you prepare oral and written comments.  Plan to attend one of these briefings, and bring along a friend or two.  The hearing will focus on water quality and use of the river.

Danville
Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Danville Public Library
319 N Vermilion St, Danville

Webinar
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 •6:30pm to 7:30pm
see: prairierivers.org/hearing

Urbana
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 • 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Urbana Free Library
210 W Green St, Urbana

Get a Seat on the Bus!
Thanks to Prairie Rivers Network and Faith in Place, there will be a bus leaving for the hearing from First Mennonite Church in Urbana-Champaign.  Sign up here to reserve a spot, and share with friends, family and colleagues!

Details
Leaves Urbana: 4:30pm
Return trip leaves Danville: 8:30pm
Expected return time: 9:15pm


Background
Dynegy Midwest Generation has applied for Section 401 Water Quality Certification for impacts associated with their massive riverbank stabilization project on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.  This includes placing over 22,000 cubic yards of rip-rap and other fill along 2,000 linear feet of the right descending bank of the Middle Fork.  Fill would extend over 30 feet into the river channel. Construction would involve digging up to 8 feet of riverbed and excavating into riverbanks contaminated with coal ash chemicals, potentially sending contaminated sediments downstream.  The river would either be closed to paddlers during 6 months or more of construction or paddlers would be required to portage over 1/3 mile around the construction site.

This massive project will harm the river.  Dynegy's project will forever leave a visual scar on the otherwise natural river corridor, degrade water quality, and have devastating economic consequences for the operator of the canoe and kayak livery in Kickapoo State Park.  

The Illinois EPA Has Tentatively Approved this Project
Despite impacts to water quality, recreation, and river esthetics, the Illinois EPA, Bureau of Water, has tentatively approved this project. Approval by the Illinois EPA will set the stage for Dynegy to be able to cap its toxic waste and permanently leave it in the floodplain of Illinois' only National Scenic River. Equally egregious, Dynegy could build this massive wall BEFORE agencies have determined whether or not they will require the company to move its coal ash away from the river.  To allow this project to go forward, when there are less harmful ways to stabilize eroding banks  is unconscionable.  Agencies are still making their final determination as to whether or not Dynegy can "cap and run".  There is no need to permanently harm the river if the ash is moved.

The Illinois EPA needs to hear from you. Your input and voice can make a difference!  Click here let us know you plan to attend.

This Is Our River.  Let's Protect It!
Don't let Dynegy move forward with this project.  The coal ash can and should be moved out of the river's floodplain.  This is the only solution that will fully protect the river from ongoing groundwater and surface water pollution.  It also is the only way to protect Vermilion County from a catastrophic coal ash spill that could occur as the river continues to move west toward the ash pits.