Dangerous Coal Ash: Is It In Your Backyard?

All across Illinois power plants are contaminating our rivers, streams, lakes, and groundwater with hazardous coal ash.  

Ash ponds along the Illinois River in Havana, IL

Ash ponds along the Illinois River in Havana, IL

Coal ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, contains high levels of toxic, heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and many more.  Stored in ash pits, also know as ash ponds, coal ash presents serious public health hazards and environmental threats to nearby communities.

The dangers of coal ash pits are high, as shown by a recent spill in North Carolina that released 27 million gallons of polluted water!

Check out the map on this article and find out where coal ash is located near you!

For specific information on coal ash sites in Illinois check out these factsheets:



Duck Creek





Will County


September 2015 Update:

IEPA has proposed new rulemakings on characterizing and regulating coal ash pits at power plants in Illinois. Unfortunately, the Agency has recently filed a motion with the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to stay the rulemaking proceedings while challenges to the newly adopted federal coal ash rules are addressed.

Act now to make sure the Illinois coal ash rules are finalized and adopted. Tell the Illinois Pollution Control Board to decline the IEPA’s request to stay the coal ash rulemaking proceeding.

To read more and send in comments go to: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=16391


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