People’s Hearing - Dynegy’s Coal Ash
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 5pm to 8pm
Bremer Auditorium, Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL
This is your opportunity to hear from experts and voice your concerns over Vistra+Dynegy’s
proposal to leave it’s coal ash In the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River
Later this year, the Illinois EPA is likely to decide on a proposal by Vistra+Dynegy that could leave 3.3 million cubic yards of coal ash in unlined, leaking pits on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion, Illinois’ only National Scenic River. That's enough ash to fill Chicago's Willis (Sears) Tower nearly two times! Toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, barium, boron, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel and sulfate are actively flowing into the river. These contaminants are known to cause birth defects, cancer and neurological damage in humans, and can harm and kill wildlife, especially fish.
But there are no state statutes that require a public information meeting or hearing on this proposal and, to date, the Illinois EPA has declined to hold one. So we will! The agency's decision on a closure plan for Dynegy's three ash pits will either positively - or negatively - affect the health, recreational, scenic, and economic values of this National Scenic River.
Now is the time, while Dynegy finalizes closure plans for its ash pits, to voice concerns backed up with facts by our experts, over the risks of leaving the coal ash forever in the floodplain of the Middle Fork. Join us in asking the Illinois EPA and Governor Rauner to protect the river by ensuring the removal and relocation of Vistra+Dynegy’s coal ash on its property, far from the river.
What to Expect
This forum will bring together engineers who will comment on the risks of leaving coal ash on the banks of the Middle Fork; people directly impacted from coal ash spills in North Carolina and Tennessee; professionals who can talk about the importance of the river for recreation, tourism, and the local economy; biologists who will highlight the ecological health and diversity of this National Scenic River; and the general public.
Dynegy will be invited to present their case for their proposed "cap and leave" solution. All comments and testimonies will be delivered to Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina so they can be taken into consideration by decision-makers as they review Vistra+Dynegy's plans for closing its ash pits.
4:00pm Press Conference
5:00pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm Expert Testimony
7:00pm Public Comment
Scott Bennett, Illinois State Senator
Mike Marron, Vermilion County Board Chair
Scott Eisenhauer, Mayor of Danville
TENTATIVE - Chad Hays, Illinois State Representative
Contact Pam or Lan Richart at email@example.com or 773.556.3417.
Ecological health / National Scenic River status
Rob Kanter, Ph.D., School of Earth, Society and Environment, UIUC
Regional economic / Recreational importance
Michael Marron, Vermilion County Board Chair
Coal ash as a hazardous waste
Cindy Skrukrud, Ph.D., Clean Water Program Director, Illinois Chapter, Sierra Club
Pollution of groundwater and surface water
Andrew Rehn, Water Resources Engineer, Prairie Rivers Network
Impact of meandering river on bank stabilization
Bruce Rhodes, Ph.D., Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, UIUC
Threat to long-term stability of impoundments
Mike Dudas, P.E., Civil Engineer, Dudas Engineering
Community impacts of 2008 TVA coal ash spill
Sarah McCoin, Harriman, Tennessee
Living with coal ash contamination
Amy Brown, Belmont, North Carolina