Pollution – groundwater contamination – at four Illinois coal-burning electricity plants is the subject of a complaint environmental groups have filed before the state’s Pollution Control Board.

Abel Russ is an attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project. What Russ’ group wants, he says, is “a seat at the table” to try to ensure that enough remedies are put into place.

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“The Illinois Pollution Control Board could order the end of wet ash disposal at these sites,” Russ says. “If they wanted to, they could, like a lot of other utilities are doing now, switch from wet disposal of coal ash to dry disposal of coal ash, and stop using these impoundments and start using landfills, and that would substantially reduce the risk of groundwater contamination.

Russ says the information is all based on filings Midwest Generation made with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The company has told reporters the information is nothing new.

Joining the EIP in the complaint are the Environmental Law and Policy Center and Citizens Against Ruining the Environment.

The Midwest Generating plants named are in Joliet, Romeoville, Waukegan, and Pekin.

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