The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is just one of many water resources in Illinois that are threatened by coal ash. In less than 60 seconds you can add your voice to hundreds of residents across the state who are calling on the Illinois EPA and Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to adopt strong rules for managing and storing toxic coal ash.
Last year, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, making our state one of only three in the nation to regulate the handling of toxic coal ash. Coal ash is waste material left after burning coal in a power plant. This residual material contains heavy metals and other highly hazardous chemicals that historically have been placed in unlined ponds and allowed to leak into our precious surface and groundwaters.
The IPCB is now developing final coal ash rules. Public hearings were held in August and September where testimony was heard from IEPA staff, industry representatives, environmental organizations and over 100 members of the public.
There is still time to make your opinion count, but time is running out.The public comment period closes on October 30. You can send a comment to Don Brown, clerk of the IPCB, via email at email@example.com. Be sure to read the guidance document, which includes information about the hazards of coal ash in Illinois, and descriptions of how the coal ash rules need to be strengthened to protect Illinois residents from pollution, long-term.
But you also can join the many voices calling for strong coal ash rules by sending our state-wide letter. Just click on the link below to review, edit, and sign on. Let’s send a message to the IPCB that we must protect our rivers and drinking water from coal ash pollution.