Protect Illinois from Coal Ash Pollution
22 September, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Why Coal Ash?
Illinois has the largest recoverable coal reserves in the nation. Despite a rapidly growing market for clean, renewable energy, our reliance on coal as an energy source is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
New technologies have helped reduce the amount of toxic coal pollutants such as mercury, lead and arsenic entering the air when coal is burned. But once removed, where do coal combustion wastes go? The answer might surprise you. Illinois now has over 90 coal ash disposal pits, many of them unlined and most leaking into adjoining surface and ground waters
Tuesday, September 22nd
Champaign Public Library
Robeson Rooms A & B.
5:30 to 7:00 P.M.
- The hazards of coal ash, and how coal ash is affecting Illinois communities.
- How coal ash disposal is – or is not – regulated.
- Alternatives to coal ash generation or storage.
- What you can do to ensure the health and safety of Illinois residents.
Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative; and Tyler Rotche, Prairie Rivers Network.
State Representative Carol Ammons, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Prairie Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, and Prairie Rivers Network.
Watch for more information as it is developed.