"Illinois Environmental Group Sues Over Coal Ash Pollution"

"CHICAGO — An Illinois environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owner of a shuttered power plant where contaminants from old coal ash ponds are seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River, saying federal and state environmental agencies aren’t doing enough to stop it.

Prairie Rivers Network claims that Dynegy Midwest Generation is violating the Clean Water Act and harming the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River because elevated levels of heavy metals — including arsenic, chromium, iron, lead and manganese — are oozing from the riverbanks after groundwater flows through three unlined ash pits. The pits, more than 40 feet deep in some areas, contain more than 3 million cubic yards (2.29 million cubic meters) of ash deposited between 1955 and 2011."

The Associated Press had the story May 30, 2018.


"As Coal Plant Pollution Seeps Into Illinois’ Only National Scenic River, Advocates Sue For Feds To Take Actio" (Chicago Tribune)

Source: AP, 05/31/2018