Series: Environmentalists’ Long Fight Against Western Ill. Coal

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Industry Mine (photo: Sierra Club of Illinois, Heart of Illinois Group)

The Illinois Pollution Control Board found a coal mine in McDonough County violated water quality regulations more than 600 times.

Scott Stuntz begins a three-part series on the state’s regulation of the coal industry with a visit to the mine site near the town of Industry.

Illinois Public Radio member station WIUM in Macomb looks at why it took the state so long to begin legal action against Springfield Coal Co., LLC and why – despite all the violations – the state renewed the company’s permit:  .mp3 – 5:10

Part 2: What did violations by mine operators do to the ecosystem surrounding the site?  James Needham explains why that question doesn’t have a simple answer:.mp3 – 4:12

Part 3: Scott Stuntz explores the thinking behind the Illinois EPA’s decision to renew Springfield Coal’s permit to operate at its mine in McDonough County:.mp3 – 4:36

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