AP: IEPA asked to toughen Waukegan coal plant permit

Thursday, August 1, 2013

On Wednesday, July 31st, dozens of Waukegan-area citizens attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about water pollution from the Waukegan Coal Plant.  Many more joined them with online comments and listened in to ELPC’s webinar. Today the Associated Press published this article about what’s happening.

AP: IEPA asked to toughen Waukegan coal plant permit

Environmentalists are asking the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to toughen a water-discharge permit proposed for a coal-fired power plant in Waukegan.

They say a draft permit for Midwest Generation’s plant fails to adequately investigate whether Lake Michigan will be harmed by waste water discharged by the plant.

A 30-day public comment period began with a hearing on Wednesday night.

The permit issued under a federal program limits the temperature of water and pollutants that can be discharged into the lake after cycling through the plant and ash ponds. But critics say it doesn’t go far enough to ensure fish and water quality won’t be harmed.

The IEPA says there is no indication there’s too much pollution or heat being discharged, though thermal tests will be conducted in coming years.

Read the full story.

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