This summer's intense heat and drought has already put stress on Illinois' lakes and rivers, and water being released from the state's power plants could be making it worse.
The Illinois EPA is giving power plants special permission to dump millions of gallons of hot water into Illinois waterways each day. Reports say the water's temperature approaches 100 degrees, which causes problems for temperature-sensitive fish. Illinois EPA officials and power plant operators contend it's necessary to release hotter than normal water so plants can meet increased energy demand as residents run their air conditioners more. Julia Wozniak of Midwest Generation says it comes down to one question: ``Do you want people to start dying, or do you want to save some fish?''
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