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Organize to Protect the Middle Fork
27 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm
Eco-Justice Collaborative’s Office
919 West University Avenue
Come to an organizing meeting to address continuing concerns over the long-term stability and on-going leakage of the Dynegy coal ash pits located along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, upstream from Kickapoo State Park. This is Illinois’ only nationally-designated scenic river.
Dynegy has submitted a closure plan to the Illinois EPA to that would allow them to cover the existing coal ash ponds with a plastic liner, cap them with soil and leave them in place adjacent to the stream. We believe that as long as the coal ash remains at the river’s edge, within the floodplain and in contact with the groundwater, the facility constitutes a threat to the stream and to the health and welfare of those who use and depend on it. Moving the coal ash to an upland location and placing it in a properly designed facility away from the river and groundwater is the only responsible way to close the site.
Eco-Justice Collaborative, in coordination with other Prairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club, and others will be calling on the IEPA and Gov. Rauner to require Dynegy to protect the Middle Fork from future tragedy. We need people with a variety of skills and passion for protecting the state’s only National Scenic River. We hope that you will join us at this initial meeting, bringing with you your ideas, contacts and resources, and commitment.
We look forward to collaborating with you! If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 773.556.3417.