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Toxic Ground Near Vermilion River
VERMILION COUNTY -- The Illinois EPA is working with Dynegy, the owners of a former power plant in Vermilion County, after results found high levels of toxins in the ground near ash ponds that could affect nearby Vermilion River.
Andrew Mason is a Spokesman for IEPA and says, "Ground water samples have been taken in wells around the plant have shown exceedances in materials that exceeds the acceptable standards for certain materials like ... sulfates, that type of thing."
Prairie Rivers Network wants to protect the waterways and a scientist from the organization says see has seen the damage.
Traci Barkley says, "I've paddled the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, have seen the extensive seepage from the ash pond into the river and the breakdown of some of the walls that are meant to keep the coal ask in that are being eroded."
But the IEPA says the toxins haven't been found in the river, "Not necessarily that the pond is leaking directly into the lake but just that it is going into the ground water and eventually it could affect the river."
And neighbors of the power plant say this is much to do about nothing.
Carole Trowbridge lives down the road and says, "Well, it seemed to me that for the people that live here in the area and have lived here for a long time, it doesn't seem like a problem to us, never has been."
A spokesman from Dynegy says the company is working with the EPA on a corrective plan.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports