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Franklin County Power Plant

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Franklin County Power Plant is a coal plant proposed by EnviroPower, to be built near Benton in Franklin County, Illinois. [1]

The Illinois EPA issued an air permit in 2001; however, EnviroPower did not begin construction until 2004. In October 2006, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the air permit had expired in 2003, and halted construction on the plant [2]. Because significant time has passed since the original air permit was granted, the plant proposal is outdated and EnviroPower must now consider current anti-pollution technology.[3]

In October 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago rejected Enviropower’s efforts to build the power plant. The ruling upheld the 2006 decision that halted all construction on the project. The Court's decision effectively ends Enviropower’s seven-year effort to build the plant without modern pollution controls.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: EnviroPower
Location: Benton, Illinois
Size: 600 MW
Type: circulating fluidized bed
Projected in service: 2007
Status: Cancelled

Financing

Citizen Groups

  • Illinois Sierra Club, Verena Owen, verena.owen [at] sierraclub.org, or Bruce Nilles, bruce.nilles [at] sierraclub.org

Resources

References

  1. National Energy Tech Lab, “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants,” National Energy Tech Lab, May 1, 2007, page 12. (Pdf)
  2. “Federal Judge Blocks Coal Plant Construction", Illinois Sierra Club, October 18, 2006
  3. “Stopping the Coal Rush”, Sierra Club, undated, accessed December 2007. (This is a list of proposed new coal power plants in the US.)
  4. "Clean Energy Victory: Appeals Court Rejects Outdated Coal Plant," Illinois Sierra Club, October 28, 2008.

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