Take a Moment to Help Protect Illinois’ National Scenic River!
Here are Three Actions You Can Take
Texas giant Vistra Energy is finalizing plans for closing its three coal ash pits at the closed Vermilion Power Station in east-central Illinois that will leave 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic waste in the floodplain of Illinois’ only National Scenic River.
Here are three things you can do to ensure that Illinois residents have a voice in ensuring the Middle Fork and Vermilion County residents and businesses are protected, in perpetuity, from coal ash pollution and the threat of a coal ash spill.
Shouldn’t stakeholders in east-central Illinois have the opportunity to evaluate the Vistra’s closure plan, ask about the viability of other alternatives that were dismissed, and bring in experts to give input? The IEPA is considering holding hearings (when requested) on other coal ash closure plans – so why not this one? Send a letter today to IEPA Director Alec Messina asking him to hold a public hearing. Please personalize your letter so that it has the greatest impact.
Join us in Springfield for the first Coal Ash Lobby Day
Coal ash is the toxic waste left over after coal is burned at a power plant. It contains dangerous chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems. Coal ash is one of coal plants’ greatest sources of pollution that impacts our land, our water, and our health.
Can you join EJC, the Protect the Middle Fork Citizens Advocacy Group, and other community groups dealing with coal ash pollution from power plants for this first-ever coal ash lobby day? We will meet at the Capitol Building in Springfield on November 28 at 11:00 am, and talk with state legislators about how coal ash affects communities across Illinois. We also will deliver letters, petitions, and other information from our June 2018 People’s Hearing, calling on Governor Rauner to ensure Vistra moves its coal ash out of the floodplain of Illinois’ National Scenic River.
Have you sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers yet?
We’ve just learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be issuing its Public Notice for Vistra Energy’s riverbank armoring project shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. The wall is required for Vistra’s plan to cap the ash and permanently leave it in the floodplain of the Middle Fork River. This notice from the Army Corps will start the clock for receiving public comments.
Vistra’s proposal is an assault on the Middle Fork, and will significantly impact water quality, aquatic life, recreation, and the esthetic values of this National Scenic River. If you have not yet done so, please send a letter to the Army Corps asking them to hold a public hearing. We will be soliciting public comments from you in December, once we have reviewed Vistra’s final submittals.
For the past 2 1/5 years we’ve been working to bring a clean energy platform to Illinois residents and to protect Illinois’ only National Scenic River from coal ash pollution. We’re a small non-profit based in Champaign, Illinois, and depend on gifts from you to help fund our work.
We hope you’ll consider making an end-of-year donation to EJC. Your support is most appreciated.
Pam and Lan, Co-Directors