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Local and state environmental groups continue to raise concerns about pollution from the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to reduce sulfur-dioxide emissions in the region. Joyce Blumenshine is with the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance.  She says the proposed state rules don’t go far enough:

The State Pollution Control Board should reject a request to extend the timeline for pollution controls at a Bartonville coal plant.  That’s the message from local and state environmental groups for the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.  Houston-based power producer Dynegy is buying five Illinois coal plants from Ameren, including the Edwards facility.  Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club.  She says the federal EPA designated the air quality around the plant below healthy levels:

Houston-based power producer Dynegy will not have extra time to comply with pollution standards for five Illinois coal power plants. The company recently bought five Illinois coal power plants from Ameren, including the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville. The Illinois Pollution Control Board denied a request by Ameren to transfer the company’s pollution variance to Dynegy.  That would have given the company five extra years to comply with state pollution standards enacted in 2006.

FEMA opens two flood victim centers in Peoria County

May 28, 2013

  FEMA has opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance.  One center is at the Chillicothe Fire Department and the other is at Kickapoo Township Hall in Edwards.  The County says individuals can also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. 

Governor to survey flood damage in Edwards

Apr 19, 2013

About a dozen homes in the small community of London Mills were evacuated last night due to flooding of the Spoon River. That’s according to multiple media outlets. The town of 500 received more than six inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. That caused the river to rise to over the flood stage of 15 feet. The river is expected to crest at near 30 feet today. Volunteers spent all day Thursday sandbagging to protect the community, but the levee was breached last night.

Homes in the town of Roanoke were also evacuated Wednesday night.

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit against Ameren Energy Resources for alleged air pollution violations at the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville.  The Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council and other groups filed the lawsuit in federal court.  They say the plant violated the Clean Air Act more than 1,000 times in the last five years.  Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club.  She says the lawsuit is seeking better pollution controls at the plant:

Houston-based power producer Dynegy is buying five Illinois coal power plants from Ameren.  That includes the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville.  Dynegy isn’t paying cash for the plants and the related Ameren business that provides electricity to homes and businesses. Instead Dynegy is assuming $825 million in Ameren's debt. Dynegy says buying the Ameren plants will give it more than 8,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the state and nearly 14,000 megawatts in the U.S.Area environmentalist groups are calling for the eventual closure of the Edwards plant.