Take Action to Protect Illinois Water from Hazardous Coal Ash!
Take a stand against coal ash pollution in Illinois!
Coal ash is a byproduct of coal combustion and contains high levels of harmful heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and selenium. Stored in ash pits, also known as ponds, coal ash is leaching into our streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. Contaminants from coal ash are a serious public health hazard and can increase the risk of cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders, among other medical problems.
When groundwater near Illinois’ 24 coal-fired power plants was tested, coal ash contamination was found at EVERY single site.
The Illinois EPA has proposed regulations for coal ash storage; however, the proposed rules fall short of protecting surface waters, groundwater and drinking water supplies.
Tell the Illinois Pollution Control Board to pass the strongest rules possible to protect Illinois’ environment and communities!