Environmentalists are blasting Vistra Energy’s coal-burning power plant closure announcement as a cynical cost-cutting move. 

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An environmental advocate says the new Illinois coal ash pollution law comes at a good time. 

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The owner of the shuttered Vermilion Power Station says it’s looking at additional measures to prevent toxic coal ash stored at the site from leaking into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in east-central Illinois.

Dynegy had previously proposed capping the coal ash pits at the site. But Andrew Rehn with the Prairie Rivers Network says that’s not enough, in part, because the pits are unlined and could leak toxic heavy metals from the bottom.

IL Pollution Control Board Eyes Changes to Standards

Jan 17, 2018
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The Illinois Pollution Control Board is taking public input on proposed rule changes Wednesday and Thursday in Peoria.

Environmental, respiratory-health and social advocates are urging the Board to uphold existing Multi-Pollutant Standards.

Dynegy, the Texas-based owner of Edwards Power station in Peoria County is seeking the rule changes opponents say could more than double air pollution.

In a last minute bid to gain support ahead of Illinois' veto session, a massive piece of energy legislation is being scaled back. Exelon says unless lawmakers pass a bill next week, the corporation will close nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities. 

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Illinois legislators didn't do much Tuesday on their first day of their annual veto session. That could change today. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.


Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto pen on 36 bills.  So far, lawmakers haven't dealt with any of them. But Senator Andy Manar, a Macoupin County Democrat, wants to override Rauner's veto of an automatic voter registration measure.


"It by far would be the greatest step we can take to increase voter participation throughout this state."

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled a coal fired energy plant outside Peoria has allowed too much soot to be emitted from its smoke stacks.

U.S. District Judge Joe B. McDade wrote in a Tuesday order that Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC must work to clean emissions from the E.D. Edwards power plant.

The Sierra Club and other groups filed the lawsuit in 2013. They alleged the plant then owned by Ameren Illinois violated the Clean Air Act. IPRG acquired the plant after the lawsuit was filed. 

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At least three power generation operations are being taken off-line this year in southwest Illinois. Texas-based Dynegy says they are no longer cost-effective, which is usually a straight-forward math problem.

But as St. Louis Public Radio's Wayne Pratt reports, the operations are part of a complicated puzzle involving electric utilities, nonprofit grid monitors and technology.

At least one government entity is listening to environmental groups’ calls for leaders to demand more information from Dynegy. The Peoria City/County Health Department is sending a letter to the company asking about its future plans for the E.D Edwards plant that’s located outside Peoria.

A collaboration of environmental groups is calling on elected officials to demand Dynegy disclose its intentions for a local coal-fired power plant.

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.  

Airing concerns about Dynegy's request

Sep 16, 2013
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  Illinois environmental groups continue to lobby for Dynegy to meet clean air standards. Dynegy is asking the government to grant it a 5-year delay in meeting the pollution control standards. 

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Environmental groups continue railing against Dynegy’s request for more time to meet Illinois’ clean air standards. The Houston-based company’s purchase of Ameren’s five coal-fired power plants hinges on Dynegy receiving a five-year variance. The Bartonville facility is included in that deal.

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.