People’s Hearing On Risks of Leaving Coal Ash on the Middle Fork

Announcement from Eco-Justice Collaborative – Visit this link for more details.

Monday, June 11, 2018 – 5pm to 8pm (Press Conference 4:00)
Bremer Auditorium, Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL

This is your opportunity to hear from experts and voice your concerns over Vistra+Dynegy’s proposal to leave its coal ash In the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.

Why Attend
Now is the time, while Dynegy finalizes plans for its leaking ash pits, to voice concerns over the risks of a proposal that could leave this toxic waste forever in the floodplain of the Middle Fork.  The Illinois EPA’s decision on a closure plan for three ash pits will either positively – or negatively – affect the health, recreational, scenic, and economic values of this National Scenic River.

Join neighbors and friends on June 11!  Together, call on the Illinois EPA and Governor to do the right thing, and require Dynegy to move its coal ash away from the river. That’s the only solution that will permanently protect the Middle Fork and the people of Vermilion County.

What to Expect
This forum has been planned by Eco-Justice Collaborative with support of the Protect the Middle Fork Citizens Advocacy Group. Experts will address concerns that Dynegy’s preferred cap and leave solution – even with bank stabilization – will not stop groundwater or surface water pollution, nor protect the river, long-term, from a potential breach that could send millions of gallons of coal ash downstream.

Visit our website for a list of confirmed speakers. Dynegy and the Illinois EPA have been invited to send a representative to speak.

Comments and testimonies from this hearing will be delivered to Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina in late June or early July so they can be taken into consideration by decision-makers as plans for closing Dynegy’s plans coal ash pits are reviewed and finalized.

4:00pm    Press Conference
5:00pm    Opening Remarks
5:30pm    Expert Testimony
7:00pm    Public Comment 
8:00pm    Adjournment