Protect Illinois from Coal Ash Pollution
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 is added to pits at power plant sites.
This waste material is known to be dangerous to human health and the environment, containing a toxic soup of pollutants, especially heavy metals, often at extremely high concentrations. The Illinois EPA knows that all coal ash pits tested at 23 of 24 power plant locations were leaking. This includes the two pits owned by Dynegy-Midwest Generation that are located in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, Illinois' only National Scenic River.
So why is the state of Illinois dragging its feet to adopt strong rules that protect its residents from this hazardous waste? It's been over three years since the Illinois EPA and Illinois Pollution Control Board started their rule-making process. Take action below, and tell them its time to hold coal companies responsible for cleaning up their mess!
Tell the Illinois Pollution Control Board to Act on Coal Ash Rules
Until recently, Illinois was moving forward with rules that would regulate the disposal of coal ash. But the Illinois EPA has reduced its draft rules from 66 pages to six pages, leaving out provisions related to alternatives analysis, public involvement, and financial guarantees. With over 91 toxic sites, Illinois needs strong rules now.
Protect Illinois' Only Scenic River from Coal Ash Pollution!
Dynegy wants to cap and walk away from three coal ash ponds in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in central Illinois. Two of these ponds are unlined and leaking toxic waste into the river. All three are eroding. A breach would send millions of coal ash downstream, threatening the diverse ecosystem and local economies.