‘Dangerous Neighbor’ brings battle over Edwards Coal plant to big screen

“When things aren’t right, stand up, speak out, get involved because any group of people can make a difference.”
The premiere of the documentary 'Dangerous Neighbor' will be Monday night at 7PM at Art Inc.
Published: Sep. 11, 2022 at 11:19 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2022 at 8:42 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The fight for clean air continues throughout Central Illinois.

And now a film highlighting the historic battle over the Edwards Coal Plant

It was a decade-long fight to push for a greener environment

After battling asthma, premature deaths, and heart attacks, a group of people decided to fight back against the Edward Coal Plant.

Environmental advocates say it was polluting both the air and the Illinois river from its location near Bartonville.

In 2016, after a 10-year battle, Senior U.S. District Judge Billy McDade of the Central District of Illinois ruled the plant violated its operating permit more than 1,000 times in just 7 years.

This fight for clean air will be the center of a new documentary premiering tonight.

Art Inc. will be the host for the screening of the short film ‘dangerous neighbor.’

The Edwards Coal plant was polluting the air and water with soot known to give people near it respiratory issues like asthma and congestive heart failure, Lung disease, pneumonia, and more.

The settlement from the case leads to more than eight and a half million dollars going into local environmental efforts.

Documentarians interviewed dozens of people involved to hear what led up to the ruling in 20-19.

For them, this is a long-awaited chance to celebrate.

“When things aren’t right, stand up, speak out, get involved because any group of people can make a difference.” Said Tracy Fox, a volunteer with the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance.

Along with soot, other particles found polluting the environment were heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

The particles found were so small there were able to enter the bloodstream of people who lived and work in the area.

The plant will officially close and cease operations by the end of 2022.

Tonight’s movie premiere starts at 7PM at ART INC.

Admission is free.