PANTAGRAPH: Illinois’ only national scenic river named one of the most threatened waterways

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The Bloomington Pantagraph is reporting, “Alarmed by toxic coal ash seeping into Illinois’ only national scenic river, a conservation group Tuesday declared it one of the nation’s most threatened waterways.

Orange- and purple-hued muck often can be seen leaching from the banks of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River as it meanders past a shuttered Dynegy coal plant near Oakwood, about 25 miles east of Urbana. The pollution problems led the nonprofit group American Rivers to list the stream as one of America’s most endangered rivers, adding another voice to local and national efforts intended to pressure Dynegy’s new owners to clean up the site…”

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