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Vermillion County Discussing a Solution to Coal Waste, Fly Ash

Updated: Wednesday, May 14 2014, 10:53 AM CDT

VERMILLION COUNTY -- The Vermillion County Board is discussing a 'fly ash resolution' in response to the Prairie Rivers Network, a group concerned about area water ways and pollution from the Vermillion County Power Plant.

'Fly ash' is waste from producing coal and the Prairie Rivers Network has been very outspoken about the threat it posed to the Vermillion River.

Members voting Tuesday night on the resolution addressing the issue. The resolution says the board is not opposed to coal, rather it recognizes its role in energy and economic development.

But, it also states concerns about the power plant's plan to deal with coal waste and specifically what it means for the middle fork.

"Certainly we have a high level of tourism there and a lot of people are interest in the recreational use of it, business use of it, and so that was the nature of the resolution to say we want rules to reflect the interest of people who are interested in maintaining a safe level in the river."

It is important to note that this is not a law, simply a standard the county will follow if it does get approved.

Vermillion County Discussing a Solution to Coal Waste, Fly Ash


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