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The Middle Fork of the Vermillion River — Illinois’ only scenic river— has just been named one of the most endangered in the country. American Rivers, a nonprofit conservation group that releases an annual report highlighting the 10 most threatened waterways in the U.S., cites seeping coal ash from the nearby shuttered coal plant. Morning Shift talks to Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne for more on what’s being done to address the pollution threatening the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River.
Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune reporter