UPDATE: IEPA’s discharge permit APPROVED

We heard today that the IEPA has approved the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Mississippi Sand mine. Please see the text of our joint statement below:

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE SIERRA CLUB, PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORK, AND OPENLANDS ON MINING DISCHARGE PERMIT ADJACENT TO STARVED ROCK STATE PARK

On January 29, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) issued NPDES Permit No. ILG840203 granting Mississippi Sand, LLC permission to discharge wastewater from its planned mining operation adjacent to Starved Rock State Park.  The permit will allow Mississippi Sand to discharge up to 5.1 million gallons per day of stormwater and pumpage from the mine pit into a tributary of Horseshoe Creek.  Horseshoe Creek flows from the mine site into Starved Rock State Park. We are deeply disappointed by IEPA’s decision. In particular, IEPA’s granting the permit without holding a public hearing to listen and to respond directly to numerous public concerns about the mining operation’s environmental and economic impacts is simply inadequate. By any standard, Starved Rock State Park is emblematic of Illinois tourism and is one of premiere state parks in Illinois. This decision enables the degradation of the irreplaceable natural and recreational value of the park.

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4 thoughts on “UPDATE: IEPA’s discharge permit APPROVED

  1. Absolutely horrifying! The idea that the same body of water my friends and I have used to begin our kayak adventures (Horseshoe Creek) will now be used to drain waste water by the millions of gallons is more than enough to make me ill. The IEPA needs to consider a name change, perhaps the IMPA – the Illinois Mining Protection Agency. Terrible decision, and one we will all regret for years to come.

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