VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The EPA decided roll back some of the rules on coal ash. Now some are worried the change will weaken water protection and other parts of the environment.
In Vermilion County, a group has been fighting with a closed power plant to remove coal ash there. Since the plant is closed, these rule changes don’t impact that fight.
For those that are open, the new rules include changing the limits on chemical amounts, like lead and cobalt that are allowed to be detected.
A recent industry study showed 95% of all dump sites had contaminated water.
Requirements to close the leaking dump sites and clean the water were supposed to happen later this year. The new rule pushed the clean up dates to 2020.