What is Coal Ash Illinois Ranks First Protect Illinois SUBMIT A COMMENT Tell the IEPA to Protect-The-Fork.org 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 […]
Illinois Has More Coal Ash Disposal Sites Than Any Other State Illinois generates more than 4.4 million tons of coal ash EVERY YEAR, and imports coal ash (or coal combustion waste) from six or more other states. Illinois ranks first in the nation with respect to the total number of coal ash disposal sites in the country, […]
The Vermilion Middle Fork, one of the country’s “National Scenic RIvers”, is a swift-flowing river winding through lush forests, rolling prairie and craggy cliffs in central Illinois. But the river’s banks butt up against three massive pits filled with toxic coal ash produced over five decades by the Vermilion coal-fired power plant, which closed in 2011 and is still owned by the power company Dynegy.