IEPA wants your thoughts on how to regulate coal ash

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act is now law and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is creating guidelines corporations must follow.

The IEPA is taking the pollution prevention act and drafting rules for coal ash.

Tuesday agency representatives got feedback from the public on how leaders should regulate the pollutant.

“We’re certainly not moving towards some kind of prohibition of coal. Although there are some outside movers that tend to go that way with clean air act regulations as well as certain affluent guidelines.” Said Rick Cobb, Deputy Manager of Public Water Supplies for the IEPA.

Coal ash pollutes groundwater at over 90% of Illinois power plants according to the Sierra Club.

Cobb adds the majority of coal ash ponds in Illinois are unlined, meaning there are no barriers between the ash and groundwater.

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