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.