The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the pollution controls planned for the FutureGen clean-coal project. It says the project needs to meet tougher standards for preventing the release of pollutants into the air.
Illinois chapter president Jack Darin says the group remains skeptical that the project’s promise of clean coal is possible. The $1.3 billion project intends to use primarily federal funds to refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia. Carbon dioxide from the coal used at the plant would be pumped underground and stored.
The FutureGen Alliance said it’s reviewing the lawsuit.