Springfield City Council approves ash pond capping proposal during Tuesday meeting

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At Springfield City Council on Tuesday, aldermen discussed how to handle a costly environmental issue.

Officials are looking for ways to end coal ash ponds
and prevent the emissions from spreading. In a 10-0 vote, officials approved a proposal to pay a company $145,000 to look into “capping” off CWLP’s coal ash pond and collect more data.

This is when a community dewaters an ash pond and builds
structures that seal off the ash from spreading beyond it.

The proposal would be a fraction of the cost of physically removing the ash off-site, which officials say could cost
in the hundreds of millions of dollars by the end of any potential move.

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