Protect the Middle Fork Hearing

March 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM at the Danville Area Community College Gym

We’ve Got a Hearing!  And We Need You to Attend!

Dynegy Midwest Generation has applied to the Illinois EPA for Section 401 Water Quality Certification related to impacts associated with its massive riverbank stabilization project. The need for this project is to protect two, unlined, leaking coal ash pits from the natural forces of the river.  Building this massive wall of rocks would harm the river, but is step #1 in Dynegy’s plan to cap and leave their toxic waste permanently in place. If this project is approved:

  • Over 22,000 cubic yards of rip-rap and other fill would be placed along a 1/3-mile section that would extend 30 or more feet into the river channel.  
  • Construction would require digging up to 8 feet into the riverbed.  Soils contaminated with coal ash chemicals would be excavated, potentially sending pollutants downstream.
  • The river would either be closed to paddlers during construction or paddlers would be required to portage over 1/3 mile around the construction site.
  • This project will create a permanent visual scar that will detract from the river’s free-flowing character and natural beauty. These values were recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as fundamental to the designation of the Middle Fork as a National Scenic River.
  • The project could be built BEFORE the Illinois EPA decides whether Dynegy can cap its unlined, leaking coal ash pits, and leave them permanently in the floodplain of the state’s only National Scenic River.

ATTEND A BRIEFING!

Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm Danville Public Library 319 N Vermilion St, Danville

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm Webinar  See: prairierivers.org/hearing

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm Urbana Free Library 210 W Green St, Urbana