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Lower Vermilion River Contamination

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Thought I would start its own topic rather than inadvertently continue to hijack a previous thread.  A nice little video, about 6 minutes long that  better illustrates the problem, and btw, there are NO smallmouth in this river of any size so don't even think about it,  Ha  Btw, you may have to turn the sound up as there is audio.

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing. It is a disgrace that this kind of thing was allowed to happen.  Illinois is littered with examples like this, and often times the company responsible is long gone, leaving the mess to taxpayers. 

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Thanks Rob.  What a beautiful Illinois stream.  Dynegy must be held accountable and do the right thing to make the repairs and cleanup necessary to save this beautiful  stream for future generations to come.

Last weekend I traveled through Galatia, Illinois near the former Kerr Magee Coal mine in southern Illinois and was astonished to see the huge gob pile outside the mine that stretched for miles and miles.  Who will pay for the cleanup of this awful gob pile which must have a toxic drainage effect on local land and streams?

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That original Illinois Power coal powered plant has been shut down for many years and stripped of much of its important processing equipment.  Because of its smaller size, it will never be used again.  Well you know the story, Illinois Power becomes Ameren which becomes Dynegy and now looks to become Vistra.  Nobody wants to assume ownership of these poorly constructed and potential liabilities and as I said, the clean up costs will be staggering.  And so Dynegy heads off to Springfield on a regular basis in order to get rates raised enormously for just keeping other downstate power plants open, let alone for clean up costs such as this, that will derive no income.

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2 hours ago, Bart Durham said:

Thanks Rob.  What a beautiful Illinois stream.  Dynegy must be held accountable and do the right thing to make the repairs and cleanup necessary to save this beautiful  stream for future generations to come.

Last weekend I traveled through Galatia, Illinois near the former Kerr Magee Coal mine in southern Illinois and was astonished to see the huge gob pile outside the mine that stretched for miles and miles.  Who will pay for the cleanup of this awful gob pile which must have a toxic drainage effect on local land and streams?

 

 

Look at the tailings pond at the top portion of the screen.  It dwarfs the city of Galatia.

 

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Jeez!!!

"Where do you want to put the coal ash pond?"

"I dunno. How about right next to the river?"

"Seems easy enough. Any mines or aquifers nearby?"

"Who cares, we'll probably be retired by the time any problems arise."

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"But those ash ponds won't just sit next to the river  but on elevated ground directly above the river itself"

"What yous never seen water run uphill?  Ahhh, fuhgeddaboudit "

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The Tribune article says this is near Oakwood, so Rob, is that located south of I-74? I was trying to get it into my head just where this is. It is such a pretty river and a great environment for so many different activities, I hate to see it anywhere along the river.

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