Sierra Club challenge to FutureGen shot down by Pollution Control Board

By Gary Scott on November 7, 2014 at 7:13am

A group claiming the FutureGen project fails to meet federal clean-air standards has had its challenge to the project rejected.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board shot down the challenge by the Sierra Club on Thursday, according to the Springfield Journal-Register.

The Sierra Club had challenged a pollution-board permit for FutureGen, stating the plant would not live up to its near-zero-emissions promise, according to the paper. The pollution control board concluded the permit was properly approved.

In a statement, the Sierra Club says it will appeal in state court.

FutureGen wants to liquify carbon dioxide at a retrofitted Ameren power plant in Meredosia and store it at a site over 4,000 feet underground in northeastern Morgan County through a pipeline.