Coal Study



A new report claims coal-fueled power plants have gotten around clean water laws for decades. 
 
The study from the Environmental Integrity Project says toxic metals such as arsenic, mercury and lead are being dumped into waterways in unlimited amounts.
 
Project director Eric Schaeffer says that includes already contaminated waterways, like the Illinois River.
 
“Almost all of the plants that are discharging into these waterways can just dump unlimited amounts, even though the water has already been poisoned by one of these metals.”

14 of the coal plants in the state are operating with an expired clean water permit, five of which expired over five years ago.
 
The report blames lobbyists in Washington for being allowed to weaken regulations.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new laws to reduce or eliminate these toxic discharges. 

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