Send a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner, the Director of the Illinois EPA, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Tell them to adopt strong rules that require meaningful evaluation of alternatives; provide for public involvement; and ensure corporations pay for the cleanup of their toxic waste.
The success of the campaign require Dynegy to move its coal ash out of the floodplain will depend on the number of businesses, faith leaders, elected officials, service groups, and residents who take action. Click for essential tools that will help build support through awareness and education; media; and advocacy.
Over a 55-year period, Illinois Power and its successor Dynegy constructed and operated three separate coal ash disposal pits, depositing over 3.3 million cubic yards of coal ash waste. These three coal ash pits are located in the western floodplain of the Middle Fork. Two of the pits are unlined and actively leaching into underlying groundwater. One is lined, but is located over underground voids created by prior coal mining.
Dynegy closed the power plant in 2001. Today, the Dynegy Vermilion site is a toxic waste dump – not an operating power plant.