Peoria, IL -- The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, signed into law this July, set Illinois on a path to strong and protective coal ash rules. The law is now being drafted into rules by the Illinois EPA. The Agency will be holding the first of a series of listening sessions at the Gateway Building in Peoria to take input from the public.
Coal ash is polluting groundwater at over 90% of Illinois power plants. The majority of coal ash ponds in Illinois are unlined - there is no barrier between the ash and groundwater. Advocates from the Peoria area joined with groups from other impacted communities across the state in a grassroots effort to pass this bill.
WHO: Residents, advocates, and experts from wide coalition of organizations and communities concerned about toxins from coal ash in Illinois waters
WHAT: An Illinois EPA listening session to inform new coal ash rules.
WHEN: Tuesday, 2 pm-4 pm and also 6 pm-8 pm
WHERE: Gateway Building, 200 Northeast Water Street
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