Illinois Coal Ash Dumps Contaminating Ground Water

SPRINGFIELD IL

Analysis based on testing mostly conducted by energy companies shows that water near all but two coal plants in Illinois is contaminated with toxic waste. A compilation of industry-supplied data from 24 Illinois coal plants shows harmful levels of arsenic, chromium, lead, and other heavy metals in nearby groundwater. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said 10 of the sites pose a danger to drinking water supplies of nearby communities.

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