CACEI wants the best for the City of Canton and adjoining townships as the area moves forward into the future. We work to protect the environment and green space, areas for future growth of residential neighborhoods, Canton Lake neighborhoods, commercial areas, the city’s water resource, rural wells, farmland, the natural beauty of the area and the recreational activities provided by the lake. The organization works for long-term protection of our environmental assets for us and future generations.
The proposed North Canton Strip Mine has been the primary focus for CACEI since Canton area citizens first learned of it in 2006. After 8 long years, the strip mine has been stopped. The beautiful rolling Copperas Creek valleys, tall mature oak and hickory timber, and productive farmland along scenic tree-lined country lanes bordered by horse pastures and family farms will not be blasted and bull-dozed down for the one time taking of coal. Read the entire story here.
Fulton County is going healthy, green and moving forward. There is no shortage of good things to celebrate — new bike path, a solar energy field, and a new lake community are just a few of the exciting, forward things coming to the area.
Please join us!
Congratulations to Brenda Varnold Dilts for her award as Re-AMP’s 2015 Coal Activist! Re-AMP is a network working on a clean energy future for the Midwest. Brenda and the Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues group that she chairs certainly exemplify those doing that good work.
Brenda and other local volunteers that formed Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues have been fighting a proposed coal mine just upstream from their drinking water supply since 2008.
Their efforts were rewarded when a permit review hearing officer issued a decision to deny the North Canton Mine permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals. The decision means that a headwater tributary to the West Branch of Copperas Creek that would be destroyed by the proposed North Canton mine cannot be ignored.
Brenda and others conducted water tests on local streams, attended public hearings and did outreach throughout their community. In Brenda’s words, “This is what ordinary citizens can do to protect the environment, streams, rivers, and lakes. Residents in the area realized that mining would harm the watershed and for some temporary jobs, it is not worth the pollution and loss of our water. This state should be investing in alternative energy sources because coal is a health hazard to young and old and a pollutant to local environments.”
Saturday, August 1st – 9:a.m. CACEI breakfast (Dutch Treat) meeting at the American Grill, 730 S. 5th Ave, Canton
Thursday, July 16th
Renewable Energy Conference
Illinois State University, Normal
Wonderful speakers, programs, exhibits all day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information at Renewable Energy Conference 2015 | Center for Renewable Energy – Illinois State
Wednesday, July 8th
1021 N. Grand Ave.
The Illinois Pollution Control Board will hear public comments and concerns regarding amendments to air quality regulations on air pollution from coal-fired power pants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, etc.).
For the full meeting notice see http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/documents/dsweb/Get/Document-89359