Citizens Against Longwall Mining

Deer Run Mine

We are a group of central Illinois residents who have been fighting the Deer Run Coal Mine in Hillsboro, IL since 2004. We are opposed to coal mining practices such as longwall mining that destroy our fertile farmland, as well as coal ash and coal slurry disposal methods that threaten the health of our communities, lands and waters.


Air Pollution

Mine proximity to Hospital

Surface facilities for the Deer Run Mine are located just across the railroad tracks from the Hospital, a nursing home, and the High School, and a medium security detention facility is located just to the south of Route 185 from the mine.

All of these represent vulnerable populations who will be forced to live with the noise and light pollution, as well as any fugitive dust clouds that may blow from the site.

Fugitive dust at Crown II

Mining permits require coal companies to control dust. However, CALM members have witnessed fugitive dust clouds at other mine sites in Central Illinois (including Crown II and III in Macoupin County. The refuse piles will be taller than any building in town, and so if they are not properly managed,  with even the slightest wind similar clouds of coal refuse could reach Hillsboro.