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Ameren offers plan for Illinois coal ash ponds: http://bit.ly/ZEDeyb via @STLtoday #coalash
“Residents Ask I.E.P.A. to Deny Water Permit for Prairie State Power Plant: Coal ash landfill, water pollution, and nuisance dust top list of concerns,” Prairie River Network.
At an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Marissa on Thursday, local residents and environmental advocates called on the Agency to deny the permit to discharge water pollution for the Prairie State coal fired power plant in Washington County.
“I disagree with Prairie State that the plant is having no effect on surrounding properties,” said Ramona Vonderhaar, who lives downstream of the power plant. “The release of additional water into area streams from the plant has already led to blockages and flooding on our property, and the dust and the noise have been serious issues as well.”
One of their biggest concerns is the Will County Generating Station coal plant, owned by the company Midwest Generation, about a mile from Rendulich’s and Burnitz’s homes. Midwest Generation also runs a coal plant about 10 miles away in Joliet and two others in Illinois. The plants emit particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants dangerous to public health. And in ponds on-site, they store coal ash – the residue from burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash, which can include “scrubber sludge” that collects in pollution removal equipment, contains high levels of toxic metals, salts and chemicals that can contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater, including drinking water. People can also suffer serious health effects from inhaling airborne coal ash.
Watershed Victory Against Big Coal Nears in Illinois
Environmental groups said they filed their complaint against Midwest Generation to ensure the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency follows through on its own legal action. The EPA this summer sent notices to Midwest Generation and two other power companies, Ameren and Dynegy, citing multiple violations at ash ponds for nine of the state’s coal plants.
(Source: The New York Times)