"Environmental Concerns Remain Over Coal-Ash Ponds"

"DANVILLE, Ill. -- It's been more than two years since Dynegy shut down its coal-fired Vermilion Power Station, but environmental concerns still remain at the idled facility's coal-ash waste ponds that were built next to the Middle Fork River, just upstream of Kickapoo State Park and other protected lands."

"According to Andrew Mason, spokesman with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, agency officials believe that one or two of the facility's ash ponds are leaching contaminants into groundwater in the area of the former power plant north of Oakwood in Vermilion County. That groundwater could eventually seep into surface water like the Middle Fork River, according to Mason.

But according to Dynegy's own reports, that is already happening."

Tracy Moss reports for the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette August 19, 2013.


"State Files More Coal Ash Suits Against Duke" (Asheville Citizen-Times)

"Proposed Law Loosens Rules on Coal Ash Ponds" (Asheville Citizen-Times)

"Senator Against Bill Letting States Set Coal-Ash Disposal Standards" (Knoxville News Sentinel)

"Coal Ash Bill Clears House with 265–155 Vote, Heads to Senate" (Power magazine)

Source: Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, 08/20/2013