threat from coal mining to residents, water supplies, wildlife, and
farmland cannot be ignored. We need the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources to crack down on coal companies that flout the law to increase their profits.
The agency continues to issue permits for mines despite
their dangerous histories or devastating impacts, leading to a state of mining
that places the environment and public health in unnecessary jeopardy.
Now is the time for the Governor and IDNR to move beyond the unacceptable status quo and reinstate confidence in the Office of Mines and Minerals' ability to
protect our communities.
Take action by telling Governor Quinn that we need stronger
protections against mining that threaten our communities.
Dear Governor Quinn, [Decision Maker],
Across Illinois, communities are threatened by coal mining companies that want to dig up the Prairie State. We need Illinois DNR to step up protections for our people, water, and wildlife, and to crack down on the companies flaunting our laws to increase their profits.I urge you to review IDNR's mining regulations and take steps to ensure they comply with federal mining laws. Illinois should do more to protect drinking water from mining pollution, and should not allow big coal companies to dam up our streams or store their dirty waste in unsafe impoundments, creating safety hazards for communities below. Before any extraction permits are issued, IDNR scientists who monitor our water and wildlife must be consulted and and their concerns heeded. Illinois should vigorously enforce the law against all who would cut corners to increase profits, and should not issue new permits to those who won't comply with the law.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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