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NPR’s 21st Show – BIG Win on the Middle Fork

6 July, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Tune in to The 21st on Tuesday, July 6th, at 11am to hear Jenny Cassell, Earthjustice; Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative; and Andrew Rehn, Prairie Rivers Network talk about the BIG win in their campaign to remove coal ash from the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion, Illinois’ only National Scenic River.  They will discuss the agreement reached by Dynegy / Vistra, owner of the coal ash stored at the Vermilion Power Station; how that agreement came to be; and the implications of this agreement for coal ash stored across the State of Illinois.

Tuesday, July 6, 11am
The 21st – NPR, WILL Illinois
Brian Mackey, Host / Producer

The 21st is a public radio talk show that brings you the news, culture, and stories that matter to Illinois. It airs Monday s through Thursdays at 11 a.m.


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Over 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic ash have been dumped into unlined impoundments in the river’s floodplain since the mid-1950’s. Two are known to be leaking coal ash pollution into the groundwater and surface water. Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, contains some of the most toxic substances known to humankind. This pollution is associated with the operation of the coal-fired power plant on the west bank of the river. The plant, now owned by Dynegy-Midwest Generation, is closed.  But the natural forces of the river threaten the river bank and abutting impoundments, raising concerns over a possible breach.

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