The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided that additional review will be necessary before Vistra will be allowed to proceed with a bank stabilization project along the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County. The Corps had originally said that the energy giant’s should get a permit for a covering bank stabilization projects of minimal scale and limited potential environmental impact.
Advocates for protecting the Middle Fork – including Eco Justice Collaborative and Prairie Rivers Network – had raised alarms about the bank stabilization plans. The project involves coal ash pits along the river which the Illinois EPA says are leaking into the river near Kickapoo State Park.
Eco-Justice Collaborative will be holding two public information meetings. The first is October 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library. The second will be on October 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Danville Public Library.