Sierra Club appeals Illinois Pollution Control Board decision

SPRINGFIELD - A environmental group says it will appeal the Illinois Pollution Control Board's findings that the FutureGen project's pollution controls are adequate.

In a news release on Thursday, the Sierra Club announced that it had filed a state-court appeal of the Illinois Pollution Control Board's findings.  The Sierra Club's claims against the FutureGen project were rejected by the board last month.

In response to the environmental group's appeal, FutureGen Alliance CEO Ken Humphreys said the Sierra Club should stand by the pollution control board's decision.  FutureGen Alliance is a collective of coal companies working on the FutureGen clean-coal project.

The FutureGen project is currently under construction in western Illinois.  The project is expected to cost $1.65 billion, with the federal government providing $1 billion in funding.  Officials say the money is being used to refit a coal-fired power plant, which will allow it to store carbon dioxide from coal underground.
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