Company plays down report on coal ash site -

Company plays down report on coal ash site

EAST ALTON - A coal ash site next to the Dynegy Inc. power plant is cited as a potential hazard by federal officials, but the company says it takes precautions to protect nearby residents.

The site along Illinois Route 143, overlooking the Mississippi River, recently made the EPA's list of 44 potentially dangerous impoundments across the country.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently listed the facility's coal ash storage pond as potentially dangerous to residents if there is a significant dam failure, said Matt Hale, director of EPA's office of research, conservation and recovery.

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