Bennett latest lawmaker pushing for coal ash solution

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Lawmakers are still working to find solutions to stop pollution from getting into the Middle Fork River.

Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign is working to get his bill to safely remove coal ash pits to become law.

He said it would get the Illinois EPA the resources it needs to explore coal ash pits around, not just in Vermilion County, but elsewhere around the state.

Bennett said there are nearly 80 coal ash pits in the state environmentalists have been watching. Like the old Dynegy plant, Bennett said most of the pits are from power companies which left remains near water sources.

The bill made it out of the environment and conservation committee but the senator said going forward with the bill, he wants to make sure it works for everyone involved.

The bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate. Bennett said the final version should be ready for a vote in a matter of weeks.

He believes the bill is common sense legislation and expects to receive support from both parties when lawmakers return to session.

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