Pollution Control Board to Decide Power Plants' Fate



Ameren’s exit from generating electricity with coal in Illinois hinges on a state Pollution Control Board meeting Tuesday in Springfield.

Ameren wants to sell its five coal-fired electricity plants in Central and Southern Illinois to Houston-based Dynegy.

But Dynegy says it’s only buying if it can transfer the five-year waiver Ameren had that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the plants.

Ameren won the waiver from the Pollution Control Board after a contentious hearing last year.

The AFL-CIO says the pollution control board should waive the pollution controls for the new company to not risk jobs in Illinois communities that would be lost if the plants shut down.

Environmental groups say the pollution upgrades are needed and if Dynegy is buying the plants, the company should be able to afford to make them. 

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