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 prairierivers.org/rain-garden

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, http://www.prairierivers.org/rain-garden.org

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 joblumen@yahoo.com  phone 309-678-1011

Bonus Program Night Feb. 20th: Dessert at 6:30 pm with Kady McFadden and Todd Abercrombie

February 13, 2013

Heart of IL Sierra Group Meeting – Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
at the Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights

[ Directions: in Peoria take Knoxville Ave. to Prospect Ave. and turn east on Prospect; at the 3-way stop sign on Prospect turn left/north onto Forest Park Drive; watch for the Nature Center entrance on your left at the foot of the hill ]

Our February meeting starts 30 minutes earlier than usual for a bonus evening !

Please come in time for pie, snacks, and beverages at 6:30 p.m.

Beyond Coal 6:30 p.m.

A special local issues update from the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kady McFadden, Sierra Club Illinois Organizer, will give an overview of the health impacts of Peoria’s two coal-fired power plants, what this means to the greater Peoria area, and how we can work to phase out the plants. If you live, work, or visit in the Peoria / East Peoria area of the Illinois River Valley, you will not want to miss this important program. Kady will discuss steps we can take to help improve our air quality for our families and for our future and some upcoming opportunities to make a positive difference for our community.

DIY Home Energy Audit 7:15 p.m.

Are you tired of paying high utility bills every month? Would you like to take matters in your own hands and learn how to reduce the energy usage in your home? A DIY (do-it-yourself) home energy audit can do just that. This presentation by Todd Abercrombie will cover topics such as finding and sealing air leaks, upgrading your insulation, choosing efficient lighting, using programmable thermostats, and introducing building science concepts that are important to evaluating the home’s overall performance. Todd will also discuss how to identify potential health and safety issues relating to mold and carbon monoxide. Lastly, he will cover the differences between a DIY approach and hiring a professional for an energy audit. Be sure to bring questions about your home!

Todd Abercrombie is president of EverGreen Home Energy Consultants, Inc. based in Peoria. He works with homes and businesses to solve comfort issues in their buildings, identify indoor air quality problems, and make recommendations to become energy efficient. He is a certified professional by the Building Performance Institute and is credentialed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate


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