Activists urge Springfield utility to reconsider coal ash landfill

The Sierra Club and Springfield residents took their concerns over a coal ash landfill to the Springfield City Council earlier this year. | Courtesy of Al Turner/Flickr
Sierra Club members and Springfield residents took their concerns over a coal ash landfill to city hall earlier this year. | Courtesy of Al Turner/Flickr

Sierra Club members and Springfield residents last week expressed concern to City Utilities about the planned expansion of a coal ash landfill southwest of Springfield. Two months ago, a similar group addressed those same concerns at a meeting of the Springfield City Council.

The concerns stem from a Department of Natural Resources report, which suggests that groundwater could be contaminated if the landfill is expanded. The DNR has rejected other proposed sites for the landfill in the past, saying the topography could allow ash into the groundwater.

Typically, the DNR has the opportunity to review proposed landfills in the preliminary site investigation, but a bill signed in 2013 allowed City Utilities to proceed straight to the detailed site investigation.

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