League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria is a member of Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance which is dedicated to clean air and water in our area and which is supported by LWVUS positions. This is a message from CIHCA:
Throughout its half century of operations, the E.D. Edwards plant has stored large amounts of coal ash dangerously close to the Illinois River. The accumulated toxic coal ash, containing toxins like arsenic, mercury, lead, currently sits in an 89-acre, 32-foot deep unlined pond near the plant and has caused documented groundwater contamination around the site. This legacy of pollution has left the Illinois River "impaired" for mercury, leading the state of Illinois to post fish consumption warnings.
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