VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The former Dynegy Power Station is being sued. Experts say coal ash has been leaking into the Middle Fork River and the hope is the company will be forced to clean it up.
It will be up to Dynegy to come up with a plan. Last month, leaders said they already completed a nearly 500-foot river bank stabilization effort two years ago, restored parts of the river bank and planned to do additional work.
But, the time has come and the company will have to take action. Rainbow colors show pollutants in the water.
The Prairie Rivers Network has shared some if its concerns and has provided research for the area for years. Neighbors and those who use the river agree it needs to be taken care of.
The lawsuit accuses Dynegy of violating the Clean Water Act. It states Dynegy will need to take all actions necessary to stop the pollution. It also wants the company to pay penalties to the U.S. Treasury of about $53,484 for each day of the last five years.
American Rivers recently named the Middle Fork one of the top ten most endangered rivers in the country, specifically for the coal ash contamination.