Peoria League of Women Voters Hosts Talk on Air Issues and Edwards Power Plant Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

September 10, 2013

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Edwards Power Plant on Illinois River

Edwards Power Plant on Illinois River

Kady_2013HOI Sierra members are invited to attend the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting on
Air Quality in Our Area,

September 11, 2013
6:30 PM
Peoria Public Library, North Branch
McKenzie Room
2001 W Grand Parkway
Peoria, IL 61615

If you have not yet heard Kady McFadden, Sierra Club, speak about the Edwards coal-fired power plant and air quality concerns for the Peoria
area, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss. Sierra Club is part of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, which is working for better and safer air and water for us all.

Have you ever wondered about the air quality in the Peoria area? Air pollution issues for the Peoria Illinois River Valley region and the impact of the Edwards power plant on air quality will be discussed, along with concerns for the future of the Edwards power plant.

The program will discuss health affects of sulfur dioxide air pollution and particulates from coal fired power plants, and the public health costs to our area. The Edwards power plant is currently owned by Ameren, however, a Texas corporation named Dynegy plans to take over the plant. Significant questions for this area include the Dynegy bankruptcy in 2012 and other management issues.

League of Women Voters is a member of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and is acting on national League policy regarding clean air concerns. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.

Edwards Power Plant IL EPA Public Hearing August 7th in Pekin, 6 p.m.

August 2, 2013

Edwards Power Plant on the Illinois River

Edwards Power Plant on the Illinois River

We Need YOU !
HOI Sierra members are requested to attend the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency water
permit public hearing regarding the Ameren Edwards coal-fired power plant. Your presence is needed !

WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th, beginning at 6 p.m.

WHERE: at the Pekin Public Library, 301 South 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 (take Route 29 south from East Peoria to Pekin; continue straight in downtown until you are at the stop sign ” T ” intersection; turn right / west and watch for the library ahead on your left)

WHY: The Edwards power plant south of Bartonville can discharge over 4 million gallons of water a day into the Illinois River. There are no limits on the amount of mercury and many other heavy metals that are discharged into the river. Toxic metals also enter the river from discharges from the coal ash pond. We want heavy metals taken out of the plant discharges to the Illinois River and regular water testing for mercury and other pollutants.

The plant also discharges water that can be at higher temperatures than the river water. This thermal pollution can harm fish and other water-dwelling species. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency should require the best technology available at this plant to remedy the thermal pollution. Fish kills and other problems from heated water going into the river must be stopped. Fish and other river species are also killed when the plant pulls water in through intake systems from the river. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency should require that better procedures be used that stop fish kills at the intake areas. Such measures as closed-cycle cooling could end the thermal water pollution and the fish kills.

Come to the “Fish-less” Fish Fry to Signal Water Pollution Concerns Thursday, July 25th

July 10, 2013

atmospheric-emissions-mdFish-less Fish Fry !!

The Edwards plant in Bartonville is polluting our Peoria region river valley and neighborhoods and making our fish toxic.
Join us for a family-friendly picnic to learn more about the issue and how you can help advocate for clean water!

Thursday, July 25th, 6pm
Poplar Park in Peoria Heights
(off Galena Rd at the end of Poplar Lane – north of the Ivy Club)
**Free dinner will be served**
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Sorry, no fish. Instead, join us for free drinks, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and classic fish fry side dishes. We’ll eat and enjoy the view of our treasured Illinois River at Poplar Park in Peoria Heights.

After dinner, we’ll share more about the water pollution caused by our local Edwards coal-fired power plant. Come to learn about our campaign to retire this outdated plant, and how you can help ensure that Central Illinois has healthier water and air for years to come!

Summer means outdoor recreation: boating, fishing, and more. Sadly, our local coal plants are a major contributor to the health advisory warning against frequent consumption of mercury-laden Illinois River fish. Join us to learn about upcoming opportunities to advocate for cleaning up this plant’s deadly air and water emissions.
For more information phone 309-688-0950.

Environmental Health IS Your Health : “Living Downstream” Movie Opportunities

May 16, 2013

Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream”

Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste are sponsoring two showings of the fascinating movie ” Living Downstream.”
This one hour movie is a must-see for anyone concerned about the environment.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin

SUNDAY, MAY 19th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Body Fitness, 3020 N. University, Peoria

Living Downstream is the story of Pekin native Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and cancer survivor. It provides a sobering look at the consequences of toxic chemicals in the environment – from the herbicide atrazine to industrial pollutants and persistent chemicals such as PCBs. It traces Sandra’s journey from her roots as a biologist questioning the conventional view of cancer as something to be treated and her evolving view of herself as a “cancer abolitionist.” In 2011, Sandra won the prestigious Heinz Prize for her environmental work.

We’ll watch the documentary and then have a short discussion, including updates about the current campaign to end toxic air and water pollution from the Edwards coal plant located in Bartonville.

Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club is a member of Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance.

Rain Garden Workshop in Peoria

April 23, 2013

Spring 2013 Rain Garden

Workshop Description: Please join Prairie Rivers Network at the Peoria Library main branch for a rain garden workshop. Rain gardens are a beautiful landscape feature that helps remove pollution from stormwater, reduces flooding, and provides habitat for wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies. Attendees will leave the presentation with enough knowledge and resources to plant their own rain gardens. For more information, please visit

Peoria Rain Gardens Workshop

When: Saturday, May 4th 10-11:30 am

Where: Peoria Public Library, Main Conference Room reserved 9:30 to noon

Peoria Public Library
107 NE Monroe
Peoria, IL 61602-1070

Event Registration: Free,

Genetically Modified Foods and Health Concerns Film at ICC Tonight 6:30 p.m.

April 11, 2013

” Genetic Roulette”  Movie

When:  Thu, April 11, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where:  ICC East Peoria Campus, Performing Arts Center (map)

DescriptionIllinois Central College will host a free public screening of the documentary film “Genetic Roulette” by Jeffrey Smith at the Performing Arts Center.

Never-Before-Se​en-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestina​l disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t miss this film!

This event is sponsored by the ICC Math, Science, and Engineering Department; the ICC Student Association for the Environment, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, and the Peoria Are Families Against Toxic Waste.

CI Healthy Community Alliance Kick-Off Meeting

March 1, 2013

We are working to move Peoria off coal in order to secure Healthy Air, Healthy Water, and a Strong Economy for Central Illinois.

Attend our Kick-Off Meeting on

Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm

Forest Park Nature Center – 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights

Ameren’s Edwards coal-fired power plant located in Bartonville is a dirty, outdated facility that threatens the health of our local community. Toxic air emissions from the Edwards coal plant can cause serious health issues including increased asthma symptoms, more respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular disease. The Edwards plant also operates a hazardous coal ash waste pond that threatens water quality in our community with additional toxins.

In December 2012, Ameren announced that it is leaving the Illinois merchant coal generating business. This announcement leaves much uncertainty regarding Ameren’s next steps. It is time to begin discussing what will happen to address the health effects of this old coal plant, the workers it employs, and its on-site waste problems.

Local groups are calling on all Central Illinois stakeholders to collaborate on establishing a phase-out plan for the Edwards coal plant that respects its workers and the industrial site.

Attend our kick-off meeting to learn more about our campaign, and how you can get involved!

Attend our Kick-Off Meeting on

Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm

Forest Park Nature Center – 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights

For more information, contact Joyce Blumenshine at  phone 309-678-1011


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