ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The state has the highest concentration of coal ash reservoirs in the country. Tuesday, Governor Pritzker took a huge step in trying to clean them up. He signed the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act.
The groundbreaking bill addresses the many waste pits filled with coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal, located all over the state. Sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett and State Representative Carol Ammons, the legislation creates a regulatory framework to ensure polluters, not taxpayers, pay for needed closures and clean-up.
It also guarantees public participation and transparency around clean-ups for affected communities and provides the Illinois EPA the funds it needs to properly oversee those closures and clean-ups. It takes effect immediately.
(This story was originally published on July 30, 2019)