Act to Protect the Kaskaskia River!
The Prairie State coal plant is applying for a water permit renewal that would bring further pollution to Illinois watersheds and local communities (see public notice here). This plant, located in Marissa, Illinois just 36 miles southeast of St Louis.
Under the Clean Water Act, the Prairie State coal plant needs a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge pollutants associated with the operation of the coal-fired power plant and coal ash storage area, into the Kaskaskia River and into tributaries of Mud Creek.
But, the Kaskaskia serves as a public water supply source and already violates water quality standards.The increased temperature pollution proposed by Prairie State Generating Company, LLC would exacerbate these water quality problems and further harm aquatic life.
Prairie State is the seventh largest carbon emitter in the country and the site of the largest coal ash landfill in Illinois. We cannot allow the Prairie State Generating Company to further jeopardize the health of communities that rely on the Kaskaskia for their water. Take action to submit your public comment; request a public hearing; and tell the IEPA to protect the Kaskaskia River and the health of Illinoisans.