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Prepare to Talk with the Illinois EPA about Coal Ash Rules!
The Illinois EPA is holding listening sessions throughout Illinois this month in preparation for developing detailed rules that will regulate the disposal and storage of coal ash. One of these sessions will take place in Danville on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Public input will make the rules stronger and more effective in protecting the Middle Fork from coal ash pollution long-term.  The better the input, received, the more responsive the rules will be to solving the coal ash crisis in Vermilion County.

We'll Help You Prepare Comments on Thursday, September 12
Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) and Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) will help you make your comments count!  It will include a slide presentation by Lan and Pam Richart, EJC and Andrew Rehn, PRN.  Fact sheets will be available, and there will be  plenty of time for questions.

Thursday, September 12
6pm to 7:3opm
Danville Public Library
319 North Vermilion St., Danville

Questions?  Call Lan or Pam, Eco-Justice Collaborative at 773.556.3417 / 3418

The Vermilion Power Generating Station closed in 2011, leaving 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash waste in unlined, leaking pits next to Illinois' only National Scenic River.

Background
Senate Bill 9, The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act passed the Illinois General Assembly on May 27, 2019 and was signed into law on July 30. SB9 amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and was sponsored by State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign). State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Champaign) sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.

The groundbreaking bill addresses the many waste pits filled with coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal, located all over the state. Illinois is now the third state in the country to pass legislation providing significant coal ash protections above and beyond federal requirements. The legislation creates a regulatory framework to ensure polluters, not taxpayers, pay for needed closure and cleanup, guarantees public participation and transparency around cleanups for affected communities, and provides Illinois EPA the funds it needs to properly oversee closure and cleanup. It also requires Illinois to put in place standards for coal ash impoundments that are at least as protective as federal coal ash rule requirements, with additional protections against dust and water pollution.

This law requires the Illinois EPA to draft rules that regulate closure and clean up of coal ash pits within eight months, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board to adopt those rules not less than 12 months later.  It also requires extensive public input on the development of the rules.

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