The open house regarding groundwater quality near Coffeen Power Plant will be held Monday, Oct. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Coffeen Elementary School gymnasium, located at 200 School Street in Coffeen.
Coffeen Power Plant has invited the public to learn more about the testing of groundwater around the coal ash storage site. The monitoring was conducted according to a 2015 U.S. EPA Rule on groundwater testing. This is of critical concern to all who live in the surrounding region.
The coal ash pond-2 has 2.2 million cubic yards of coal ash and the proposal for closure-in-place was approved by IEPA on Jan. 20, 2018. The coal ash pond-2 was capped with two feet of clay and soil since the mid-1980s, but it was found with testing to be contaminating groundwater with cobalt. The question remains whether leaving the coal ash in place will adequately protect the surrounding groundwater quality.
The announcement of the open house was posted on Sept. 30 in The Journal-News. Hope to see you there.
Mary Ellen DeClue