On Nov. 16, 2012, the Illinois Pollution Control Board ruled
in favor of ELPC and our clients in a case against the Industry Mine near
Macomb, Ill. The Board concurred with ELPC’s analysis of data spanning eight years that found that the mine’s owner – first Freeman United and now
Springfield Coal – had violated its water pollution permit 624 times between
2004 and 2011. The violations occurred at 16 outflows, which eventually reach
the La Moine and Illinois rivers, and included pollutants such as sulfates,
iron, manganese, pH and total suspended and settled solids.
Now the Board must decide on an appropriate fine for the
mining company. Per state law, the maximum allowable penalty is $64 million.
However, the Board has rarely imposed fines greater than $100,000. A large gulf
is in-between. We need your help to
convince the Board that there is a strong case for imposing a large fine based
Our clean water standards were
designed to protect the public. But we can’t enforce those standards
effectively unless we send the right economic signals to chronic polluters.
Please use the form below to encourage the Illinois Pollution Control Board to
issue a significant fine to the Industry Mine operators.
Please Issue a Significant Fine to the Industry Mine (Case Number 10-61)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]