Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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ILLINOIS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Minor Earthquake Brings Little Damage To Region

A minor earthquake shook windows and rattled doors Monday morning in Southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

The quake, which measured 3.6 on the Richter scale, struck about 20 miles southwest of Paducah, Ky., said Brian Mitchell, a seismologist with St. Louis University. That's away from the main part of the New Madrid fault zone but still in an area known to be seismically active.

"We have these all the time," Mitchell said. "We look upon it not as a precursor to something big, but as one of the small earthquakes we get on a random basis."

The New Madrid fault is best known for producing a series of major quakes in 1811-12, including at least three above 8.0 on the Richter scale. On average, about 200 quakes a year erupt in the fault, but only about six of them are big enough to be felt by people. BALDWIN, ILL. Utility Says It Will Delay Plan To Burn Contaminated Soil

Public notice of a plan by Illinois Power Co. to burn some contaminated soil at its Baldwin, Ill., generating plant won't be filed for at least two weeks, utility officials said Monday.

The utility had intended to file notice of the plan this week with the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, but some paperwork has forced delay of the notice, officials said.

Illinois Power hopes to begin burning soil contaminated with coal tar and petroleum byproducts at its Baldwin plant by next August. Test burnings of the soil have showed no harmful effects on the environment, utility officials said.

The burning would save space in landfills, because the contaminated soil now is buried at landfills, officials said.

A hearing will be scheduled by Randolph County commissioners after they get notice of the plan. More information on the soil-burning plan is available at public libraries at 201 North Van Buren Street in New Athens, 128 West Main Street in Sparta and 112 Bloom Street in Red Bud. …

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