State Senator Melinda BushLake County News-Sun - May 27, 2016 | Original article

By Megan Jones

Community members from Waukegan, Peoria and Vermilion teamed together this week to promote changing the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's rules regarding coal-ash pond removal.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board is considering state rules, but the activists are asking for stronger, more enforceable procedures.

Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal, which contains arsenic, selenium and mercury that can impact the air and drinking water of the communities, said Jessica Dexter, staff attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. According to the Sierra Club, most ponds are lined in hopes that the ash does not contaminate the groundwater, but the IEPA found contaminated groundwater at every site tested.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, spoke at the Springfield conference and said she questions what the plant's effects are to residents who live near the pollution.

"Frankly, we have air-quality issues in Lake County, and having a coal plant certainly adds to that," she said. "We have higher rates of asthma and allergies with those irritations in the air."

Read the full article at the Lake County News-Sun here.

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