Claim against FutureGen project is rejected by pollution board

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SPRINGFIELD - A claim from the Sierra Club that says that the FutureGen clean-coal project will not meet federal clean air standards has been rejected by the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

On Thursday, the board gave their decision, which said that the air permit for the $1.65 billion project was properly approved.  However, the Sierra Club says it plans to appeal the board's decision.

The FutureGen project plans to refit a western Illinois coal-fired power plant in order to capture carbon dioxide before it's released, and store it underground.  The project has received over $1 billion in federal government funding, and is being built by a group of coal companies.
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