It has been almost 10 years since Swanbank A power station at Collingwood Park was closed, but a toxic ash dam on the site is yet to be dealt with and environmental experts and nearby residents are worried about the risk.
After finding arsenic and lead in the soil at the Hegewisch Little League Field, the EPA tested a second a ball diamond in the neighborhood and found manganese. “We fight for every breath we take here,” said one resident.
On December 17, the Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to consider proposed regulations to control methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations and setting a new numeric human health criterion for manganese.
The 2017 amendment was added to the bill as a favor to the coal industry and shifts burden for treating manganese discharges from abandoned mine sites and other sources from polluters to users of the affected water.