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Vermilion Advantage – Protect the Middle Fork
19 May, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Protect the Middle Fork from Coal Ash Pollution
The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is Illinois’ only National Scenic River. It is threatened by Dynegy’s three coal ash pits that contain 3.3 million cubic yards of coal ash in the floodplain. Two of the three pits are leaking. The third sits over a mine void. The banks of all three are being eroded by the natural forces of the river, raising concerns over a potential breach.
The Vermilion County Board has identified the Middle Fork and surrounding open space areas an important component of their 2025 strategic plan.. This plan envisions using open space and recreation as a way to bring tourism to the County, thereby enhancing tourism and creating jobs. The City of Danville is in the process of tying their downtown to the riverfront, also as a way to bring people and revenues into the City. Both of these proposals would be negatively impacted by a breach of one or more of the coal ash ponds.
Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC), will show their video Waiting for Disaster: Coal Ash on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River to Vermilion Advantage and ask the board to support the campaign to require Dynegy to move its coal ash out of the floodplain.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:30am to 9:30am
Danville City Hall (Council Chambers)
17 W. Main Street
Danville, IL 61832