SB9 Passed the House on Memorial Day, 2019
Now It's Time for the Governor to Sign the Bill!
We think this bill is historic. SB9, The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, will protect communities across Illinois from coal ash pollution by:
- Creating regulations that protect communities from coal ash pollution as impoundments are closed.
- Giving communities a voice and a say in how these impoundments are closed. Decisions made by the Illinois EPA will forever affect them.
- Requiring financial guarantees that ensure the polluter - not the taxpayer - pays for cleanup.
- Providing a fee structure that gives the Illinois EPA funding to hire staff and consultants to ensure safe closure.
We believe Governor Pritzker will sign the bill, but want to ENCOURAGE him to do so. Will you sign a letter asking him to sign SB9? Governor Pritzker needs to hear why YOU think this bill is important! You can edit the letter, or send it as written. Thanks in advance for your advocacy!
Dear Governor Pritzker:
Illinois has more coal ash impoundments than any other state, and the majority are unlined and leaking into our groundwater and surface waters at dozens of power plant sites across Illinois.
On Memorial Day, the House passed SB9, The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, thanks to the leadership of Senator Scott Bennett, Representative Carol Ammons, and Representative Mike Marron. This bipartisan bill will protect communities near polluting coal ash impoundments by:
- Providing a regulatory framework that ensures safe closure.
- Giving communities a say in how coal ash impoundments near them are closed (a decision that will forever affect their health, environment, and economies).
- Requiring financial guarantees so that the polluter - not the taxpayer - pays for safe closure and cleanup.
This is one of the most important environmental bills to be passed in Illinois, making Illinois the third state in the nation to adopt coal ash legislation. We are proud of our elected officials for acting to protect vulnerable communities across the state, and are grateful that you, as Governor, will sign this historic bill into law!