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Photo by Pam Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative. May 2, 2018.

It’s OUR River. Let’s Protect It!

Several weeks ago we invited Dynegy and the Illinois EPA to participate in Monday’s forum. Yesterday, Rick Cobb, P.G. accepted our invitation. Rick is the Deputy Division Director of the Division of Water Supplies at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  Rick and his staff have been coordinating the preparation of Dynegy’s closure plan since the IEPA issued their Notice of Violation to Dynegy in July of 2012.

We have added Mr. Cobb to the program, and he plans to discuss the IEPA’s role in the closing of the three ash pits; the status of their review; and what to expect from Dynegy as they complete their studies and prepare their final report.

We need YOU to come to this forum.  

Show the IEPA you care about Dynegy’s closure plan and expect the utility
to relocate its coal ash from the floodplain of 
our state’s only National Scenic River

Now is the time to make your voice count. Dynegy is expected to have its studies completed and a closure plan submitted to the IEPA this fall.

Show up. Testify (two to three minutes). Submit a written comment. Shouldn’t Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois EPA, and the Illinois IDNR (the agency charged with protecting the river) work together to ensure Dynegy removes its toxic waste from the banks of the Middle Fork?  Otherwise, once Dynegy leaves, Vermilion County will be left with a legacy of toxic waste that forever threatens the Middle Fork. And if the ash remains in the floodplain, the taxpayer is likely to become responsible for monitoring, maintaining, or repairing the coal ash pits and proposed bank stabilization. That includes costs for cleanup in the event of a catastrophic spill.

People’s Hearing
On the Risks of Leaving Coal Ash on the Middle Fork

Monday, June 11, from 5pm to 8pm
Danville Area Community College, Bremer Auditorium
2000 East Main Street, Danville

Click here for a list of speakers and topics covered, and schedule for the meeting.  All are welcome to attend the 4pm press conference at Bremer Conference Center. Please share.

Click to take action now.

For more information, see:
Frequently Asked Questions
Storm Increases Coal Ash Threat
Middle Fork Listed as one of America’s Most Endangered 2018©️

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