Mine proposed to be used as landfill
By: Heartland News
MARISSA, Ill. - The public can weigh in Wednesday night (June 12) on a plan by Peabody Energy Corporation to use a southern Illinois mine as a landfill for coal combustion waste.
The state Environmental Protection Agency is considering a permit that would let Peabody put the waste into the old Jordan Grove Mine.
Peabody is planning to build a $2 billion coal-fired power plant in Washington County near Marissa.
Environmentalists are worried about the landfill proposal because it's an old mine site and there's potential for groundwater contamination.