Sample Script for Calling Representative Chad Hays
and Senator Scott Bennett
Calling the offices of your elected officials is easy to do, and will become increasingly important in the coming months. You can reach Representative Marron at 217.477.0104, and Senator Bennett at (217.442.5252). The sample script provided below is just that – a sample. Please revise this to make it as personal as possible.
My name is ____________________. I am concerned that Dynegy-Midwest Generation will leave its coal ash in three pits along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River as part of its closure plan. Two of these pits are unlined and leaking toxic waste into the river. The third sits over mine voids. I am concerned that it if this pit caves in, millions of gallons of toxic waste would spill into the river. Also, the Middle Fork is severely eroding the riverbanks in those areas that abut the two unlined pits. If the river breaches one of these pits, toxic waste could be released into into the state’s only state- and nationally-recognized scenic river. It’s happened before in Tennessee and North Carolina, and it could happen here, too.
I know that the river has destroyed bank stabilization put in place next to the pits in the 1980s. Once Dynegy leaves, the responsibility of maintaining or repairing riverbank stabilization that might be installed will become the responsibility of Illinois taxpayers. And if there were to be a breach in one or more of these pits, the river system that Danville and Vermilion County depend on for tourism and economic development would be destroyed. And if this did occur, the taxpayer – not Dynegy – would be responsible for cleanup.
I would like you to call Governor Pritzker and IEPA Director John Kim, and ask that they require Dynegy to remove its toxic coal waste from the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. The waste should be placed it in properly-constructed, lined facility away from the river. Other states are requiring utilities to move their toxic ash away from waterways. Why wouldn’t we want to do the same?
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