Thursday, Feb 21st

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Toxic waste from most Illinois coal plants polluting groundwater, report shows

Toxic waste from most Illinois coal plants polluting groundwater, report shows

E-mail Print PDF
Illinois coal plants polluting ground water- Toxic waste at more than 90 percent of Illinois' coal-fired power plants is polluting groundwater and putting drinking water in surrounding communities at risk, a new environmental report says.

The analysis conducted by multiple nonprofit environmental groups -- Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club -- found 22 of the state's 24 dumpsites have released toxic pollutants into the groundwater.

The report is based on data supplied by industry reports on the power facilities.

"Because utilities were forced to report groundwater monitoring data in the 2015 coal ash rule, we now know the scope and severity of groundwater contamination from coal ash in Illinois," Earthjustice attorney Jennifer Cassel said in a statement. "Now that communities can see the evidence of toxic pollution leaking into their precious groundwater resources from these ponds for themselves, they can hold utilities and the state accountable."


Most Recent Related Stories...

EPA plans to scale back federal protection of waterways

EPA to scale back protection of waterwaysThe Environmental Protection Agency plans to scale back the number of U.S waterways that receive federal...

Senators call on EPA to restrict key drinking water contaminants

Senators ask for clean waterA  bipartisan group of 20 senators has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate...

Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record

Global warming 2018Last year was the fourth-hottest year ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Erin Brockovich slams Trump administration over plan to stop regulating toxic chemicals

Erin Brockovich Environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is slamming the Trump administration over reports that it...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!