Dynegy granted variance

Nov 21, 2013

A Houston company looking to buy five Illinois coal-fired power plants is getting five extra years to comply with pollution control standards if it moves forward with the deal.

Dynegy wants to buy the plants, including one in Bartonville, from Ameren Corp. But company officials said the deal hinged on getting a waiver allowing it to delay installing soot-control equipment until 2020. The Illinois Pollution Control Board granted that waiver Thursday. Dynegy cited financial hardship as a reason to get the variance.

Environmental groups had filed formal objections. They say the upgrades are needed and Dynegy is a willing buyer. Officials with the Environmental Law and Policy Center say Thursday's decision will damage public health and the environment.