After five years of deliberation over the storage of coal ash at Illinois power plants, advocates say water pollution threats remain and are seeking stronger remedies.
Advocates say an Indiana utility’s plan to delay the installation of new wastewater pollution controls at its largest coal plant is among the first clear effects of President Trump’s aggressive rollback of environmental regulations.
Erosion along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in Illinois could create big problems as the flood plain that was historically the river’s playground contains 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash. That proximity creates a potential risk that currently does not appear to be addressed by federal or state regulation
Environmental groups seek stronger safeguards for storing coal ash in Illinois that will allow for more public input, require analysis for permanent solutions and provide assurances that power companies can pay to safely store their coal ash and deal with any contamination that may result.
The “beneficial reuse” of coal ash is potentially causing serious contamination of drinking water in southeast Wisconsin and possibly across the state, according to new report.
Legislation in Michigan to expand the use of coal ash in road construction and other applications has opponents concerned about potential environmental contamination and subsequent liability.
Coal ash, the residue from burning coal to generate electricity, is abundant, and cheap. And it’s one way that at least some Midwestern communities provide traction on snowy and icy roads.
With the U.S. EPA now more than four years into the process of developing regulations for coal ash, a Michigan environmental group says the ongoing lack of oversight raises serious safety questions.
Environmental advocates think that the coal plant in Waukegan will close in the next few years. But they aren’t willing to wait; they say state agencies must take action now to stop the plant from killing fish and polluting the lake, groundwater and air.