MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS AND REQUESTS REGARDING NIPSCO’S REMOVAL OF COAL ASH FROM ITS MICHIGAN CITY FACILITY TO MAXIMIZE PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE ABILITY TO MONITOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT, EXPRESS CONCERNS, AND PROVIDE INPUT TO ADDRESS THEM . Available using download link above
Coalition Letter to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) signed by: Indra Frank, Director of Environmental Health and Water Policy Hoosier Environmental Council; Tim Maloney, Senior Policy Director Hoosier Environmental Council; Bowden Quinn, Chapter Director Hoosier Chapter Sierra Club; John Blair, Executive Director Valley Watch; Natalie Johnson, Executive Director, Save the Dunes; Kerwin Olson, Executive Director Citizens Action Coalition; Jason Flickner, Director Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper; Linda Hanson and Barb Schilling, Co-presidents League of Women Voters of Indiana; Jo Ann Engquist, President League of Women Voters of La Porte County; Patty Slamkowski, President League of Women Voters of Porter County; Barb Schilling, President League of Women Voters of Calumet Area; Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel Earthjustice; Thom Cmar, Deputy Managing Attorney Coal Program Earthjustice; Jeffrey Hammons, Staff Attorney Environmental Law & Policy Center; Colin Deverell, Midwest Program Manager National Parks Conservation Association
A northwest Indiana utility plans to remove toxic coal ash from five of its ponds at its Michigan City coal plant. Link
Article LINK Lots of good information. I disagree about the need to delay the removal. I am not in favor of postponing the project. In fact, I believe this is a good time to get it done, making sure all containment guidelines are followed.
During this “semi-shut down” not as many people are out, many are wearing masks. There is less traffic. Since more people will be out the warmer it gets (and the looser state guidelines get), we have the potential to have more individuals, not wearing masks, in harm’s way. In addition, the lake levels continue to rise and I believe our area has just had a record rain amount for May. The sea walls are in even more danger of being breached, spilling the toxic liquid from the ponds into our lake and drinking water.
As new research reveals widespread contamination, pro-coal industries are pushing to weaken federal rules on coal ash and give regulatory authority back to states like Indiana, which has a dismal record on regulating this toxic waste. Link
Harm to human health from breathing and ingesting coal ash toxicants Infographic