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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5:44 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Waiting game for large plant relocation in Central Illinois

Illinois is still waiting to see if its attempts to lure a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant went far enough.   Lawmakers this spring authorized an approximately $30 million tax incentive package in an attempt entice executives of Chicago's Cronus Chemicals LLC to build its new project in Tuscola, in the central Illinois.  But Iowa is offering its own tax incentives.  Spokesman Dave Lundy says the company is still evaluating cost estimates between the two sites. 

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5:07 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State board denies Ameren pollution variance request for coal plants

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.

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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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