Environment & Energy Report

Coal Ash Toxics in Illinois River Land Dynegy in Hot Water

May 30, 2018, 6:22 PM

Toxic pollutants from a retired Dynegy Inc. coal-fired power plant near Oakwood, Ill., are leaking from coal ash ponds, discoloring and contaminating a nearby scenic river, environmentalists alleged in a lawsuit filed May 30.

Prairie Rivers Network, based in Champaign, Ill., followed through on its earlier threat to sue Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC for failing to cease polluting the Middle Fork River in Illinois with toxic “bright orange-red color” discharges containing iron, manganese, and other toxic pollutants.

The group claims the pollutants are seeping from unlined coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station into groundwater...

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