Coal ash pond at the Vermillion Power Station Oakwood, IL
1 Physicians for Social Responsibility and Earthjustice, Coal Ash-
The toxic threat to our health and environment
2 Earthjustice. Illinois and the Threat to Public Health from Coal Ash Disposal.
All across Illinois power plants are contaminating our rivers, streams, lakes, and groundwater with hazardous coal ash.
Coal ash, a byproduct of coal
combustion, contains high levels of toxic, heavy metals such as arsenic, lead,
and many more. Stored in ash pits, also know as ash ponds, coal ash presents serious public health hazards and
environmental threats to nearby communities. Exposure to coal ash can increase the risk of cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders and other serious medical problems.1
From Waukegan to Joliet, Peoria, and Alton, power generating facilities in our backyards are producing 24 million pounds of hazardous coal ash every day. Coal ash
contaminants have been found in groundwater at every single coal-fired power plant site in Illinois!2
The Illinois EPA has proposed
regulations for surface impoundments that contain coal combustion waste at
power generating facilities. While the need for such regulation is
critical, the proposed rules fall short of protecting surface waters, groundwater and drinking water supplies.
Act now to strengthen these rules and prevent power companies from polluting our water and jeopardizing our health. Tell the Illinois Pollution Control Board to protect Illinois' environment and communities!
Find out more about where coal ash is located by you!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Coal combustion produces dangerous coal ash waste that contains mercury, arsenic, lead and other health-threatening pollutants that are leaching into our water supplies. These deadly pollutants increase severe health risks including cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma and other serious illnesses. We need the proposed rules for regulation coal combustion in Illinois waste to be strengthened!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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