Rob Kanter
The Middle Fork River running next to the coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station
Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Loose Regulations Allow Coal Ash To Threaten River

Each year thousands of families boat down the Middle Fork branch of the Illinois Vermilion River below an embankment that holds back 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash sludge stored in three large ponds. Coal ash pollution is leaching into the river, and the riverbank is eroding under the ponds. We examine what's a stake in this investigative report.

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