Water & Energy

Coal mining in Illinois pollutes water and damages our farmland, forests and natural watercourses. Impacts do not end with the land and water; our rural heritage is also being destroyed as increasingly destructive mining techniques are used to extract coal at any cost.

In addition, Illinois has over 100 coal ash ponds and mine-fills that leach toxic chemicals to groundwater, lakes and rivers, where pollution can spread, polluting drinking water supplies and threatening fish and wildlife. Coal ash ponds are also prone to collapse, as happened near Kingston, Tennessee in 2008 when over 1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry spilled into the Clinch and Emory Rivers. Even the “cleanest” coal-burning electricity generates waste that can pose a threat to our drinking water. The state’s regulatory agencies have not held the coal industry accountable to the same standards as they do other industrial polluters, and the byzantine regulatory process precludes meaningful involvement by local residents.

Prairie Rivers Network believes we can have sustainable energy and clean water. We invite you to help us reduce toxic coal pollution by becoming a member today, because as a non-profit organization we rely on the generosity of caring people like you to fight back against big industries with deep pockets that put profits ahead of the environment and people.

You can read more about the work we are doing to prevent water pollution from
coal mining and coal ash in our priority areas displayed below:


Water & Energy Priorities

Dynegy Vermilion

Quick Facts: Listen to an Interview or Download a...

Coal Ash

Behind Illinois' coal-fired power plants lies a dirty secret: coal ash, the solid byproduct that...

Grassroots Movement

Coal mining and coal ash pollution is a threat to Illinois rich farmland, clean water,...

Coal Mining

As coal reserves dwindle in Appalachia and overseas demand for coal is surging, Illinois Coal...