After Dynegy negotiates new pollution standard with Illinois EPA, advocates fear cleaner coal plants could close

Read the full story at Midwest Energy News.

Documents and emails obtained by environmental groups show that Dynegy representatives were in close contact with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials as the agency drafted changes to Dynegy’s responsibilities under a pollution reduction agreement.

Dynegy made significant specific edits to the text of the proposed new rules, changes which were incorporated into the IEPA’s next draft, according to the documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

It’s not easy to decipher the likely impact of the complicated changes to the agreement originally negotiated between power companies and the state in 2006, known as the Multi-Pollutant Standard, or MPS.

But environmental lawyers and advocates fear the company pressed for the changes in order to be able to close one or more coal plants that have scrubbers installed to remove sulfur dioxide, while continuing to run or even ramping up generation from its dirtier plants without scrubbers.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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