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Representatives of the FutureGen Alliance and Ameren Energy Resources Company say the closure of the Meredosia power plant in western Illinois is not expected to affect the FutureGen 2.0 project.
The FutureGen Alliance had included the Morgan County generating unit in its plan for experimental clean coal technology where carbon dioxide would be removed and pumped to an underground storage facility.
Ameren Energy Resources spokesperson Susan Gallagher says the company is in discussions with the FutureGen Alliance to determine the best use of the plant in the project.
Hear from Susan Gallagher.
Gallagher says the high cost of complying with new pollution rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency is a key reason the Meredosia energy center, along with one in the Crawford County town of Hutsonville, will cease operation by the end of the year.
She says 90 positions will be eliminated, but that Ameren is trying to find other jobs for the employees.