State News
12:10 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Illinois lawmakers seek to boost state's coal industry

A coalition of lawmakers from downstate Illinois say they plan to introduce legislation to spur growth in the state's coal industry. 

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3:52 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New regulations address global warming


As Democrats in coal states rush to distance themselves from new federal regulations intended to address global warming -- Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states. 

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11:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State groups asking for tougher coal power company regulations

There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations on coal-burning power companies now that coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:06 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sierra Club appeals board decision on coal plant extension

The Sierra Club is challenging a state decision giving an energy company extra time to install pollution controls at five coal-fired power plants.  The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed to give Texas-based Dynegy five more years to comply with state pollution standards.  

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5:25 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Environmental groups weigh-in on Bartonville coal plant pollution

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:

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5:40 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Court: EPA must better regulate ash coal plant pollution

A federal court has ordered the US EPA to more strictly regulate a form of pollution from coal fired power plants.  It’s a move environmental groups say is a long time in coming, as IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

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3:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Groups sue over alleged pollution from Bartonville coal plant

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:

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