Do You Want to Protect the Middle Fork?
Then Tell the IEPA to Hold a Public Hearing
Nearly 6 1/2 years have passed since the IEPA first issued its Notice of Violation to Dynegy-Midwest Generation for discharging coal ash chemicals into the groundwater from coal ash pits that were built in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion, Illinois' National Scenic River. Since then, American Rivers designated the Middle Fork as one of America's most endangered rivers of 2018 because of the toxic coal ash threat to the river. Now, Vistra (who merged with Dynegy in 2018) is nearing completion of its plan to cap the pits, armor eroding riverbanks that protect these ash pits, and permanently leave the toxic waste in the river's floodplain. Vistra is hoping to obtain IEPA approval of this plan by the end of this calendar year.
Although a cap, armor, and leave solution is Vistra's preferred plan, there are alternatives that would protect the river and Vermilion County from the threat of coal ash pollution in perpetuity. Shouldn't stakeholders in east-central Illinois have the opportunity to evaluate the plan, ask about the viability of other alternatives, and bring in experts to give input? We think so, and hope you agree.
Please send a letter to Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina, asking him to hold a public hearing on this controversial plan that would, if approved, forever leave a legacy of coal ash in Vermilion County. The IEPA is considering holding hearings (when requested) on other coal ash closure plans - so why not this one? If you need more information, check out the following links: