What: Coal Ash Stories (documentary screenings)
When: 7 p.m. Monday, June 29
Hosted by: Eco-Justice Collaborative with The Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network, and Working Films
Coal ash, our country’s second largest waste stream, is the waste material left after coal is burned. It contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of them toxic. Illinois generates over 4.4 million tons of coal ash every year and imports ash from six states, storing it at over 90 sites across the state. A 2009 study by the Illinois EPA found groundwater contamination at every site tested. Without proper management, these contaminants are entering waterways, groundwater, drinking water, and the air.
Join us on Monday, June 29 as we screen five short films that expose public health concerns, related policy, and community responses to this environmental injustice.
Talk with issue experts, including journalist and film director Rhiannon Fionn and Cindy Skrukrud, Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club. Learn what you can do to call on the Illinois EPA to create strong rules for the handling and disposal of coal ash.