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Report: Coal-fired power plants have contaminated groundwater across Illinois, Will County

Published on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Report: Coal-fired power plants have contaminated groundwater across Illinois, Will County

The Des Plaines River, one of the main bodies of water with coal ash, expands past both the Will County Generation Station in unincorporated Will County near Romeoville and Joliet 9 and 29, which both have documented groundwater impacts.

At the Will County Generating Station, owned and operated by Midwest Generation, there are four unlined ash ponds. According to the report, Midwest Generation monitors the groundwater around all four coal ash ponds, but the company stopped using two of them around 2010 and, therefore, claims they are not subject to the coal ash rule. The writers of the report said they disagree with Midwest Generation’s belief, but the plant still only reported data on two of the ponds.

According to the report, that through the contamination coming from the coal ash ponds and the coal ash fill at the plant, the groundwater has unsafe levels of several coal ash constituents, including arsenic, boron and sulfate. According to the report, that Midwest Generation plans to close the two ash ponds it still uses by removal of the ash, but it isn’t enough.

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