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Ill. regulators delay Ameren pollution controls

Daily Cronicle -- CHICAGO – State regulators have granted Ameren Corp. a five-year delay in the installation of pollution controls at a large coal-fired power plant in southeastern Illinois after the company threatened to close other plants and cut hundreds of jobs.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board granted the delay Thursday, giving the St. Louis-based company until 2020 to install equipment to control smog, which is linked to heart and lung problems. The company had initially agreed to do it by 2015.

Ameren had argued that because of the drop in electricity prices – driven in part by competition from natural gas plants – it could no longer afford to finish installing sulfur dioxide scrubbers at its Newton plant under the original timetable.

Environmental groups lambasted the regulators'


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Submitted Sep 23, 2012 By: bar1035
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1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 2:32:12 AM

Yes Hard choice.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 10:31:52 PM

Hard choice.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 2:52:51 PM

When you find out that there are no replacement plants planed for the 200 coal fired plants you want shut down and you have brownouts and blackout lasting for weeks and months. You'll be screaming for new one's to be built.
Ain't great going green and without electricity.
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RNCII
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 2:31:46 PM

A billion dollars already spent on to meet the new regulations.
Good deal give them some time finsh spending another billion so they keep people working.
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barber7796
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:39:50 PM

Why such a long delay?
year maybe 2 at max. They have had enough time
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:31:45 PM

EXCUSES!
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CISA
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:18:56 PM

IL-- the first (or second) state to go chapter (ie, bankrupt)

Rmoney
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:13:52 PM

Give and take.
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JimVP
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:13:04 PM

Wonder how many bonuses they are protecting. Guess their bottom line is more important than people's lungs.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:12:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:12:43 PM

Looks like graft, corruption, and the almighty dollar rules down state, also.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:12:14 PM

no delays. We need action now.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:10:41 PM

Maybe Ameren should consider converting to natural gas plants thenselfs.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:09:22 PM

What a crock of BS, it shouldn't take a extra 5 years to get the job done.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:08:39 PM

They should think about it before acting.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:06:14 PM

thanks for sharing
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:02:42 PM

crazy.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:01:30 PM

Good. Glad someone is taking on the Obama EPA mafia.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:00:55 PM

This is total political BS.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:00:09 PM

The solution to pollution is dillusion.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:59:19 AM

read "atlas shrugged" and what intellectual capital did when regulated out of profit. they went ON STRIKE.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:59:10 AM

First thing I'Ve seen coming out of chicago that made sense. EPA and all their lovers go away. Jobs and livihood needs a little more time to fix and not have stupid rules come up every day from the EPA to stifle every one. If it bothers the Sierraa club and the rest of them, stay away from chicago. It's not your jobs affected. (EPA gets billions of dollars and hundreds of useless staff living off it while they have no concern for the people that have no jobs.) Should cut off their funding.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:58:48 AM

Glad my lungs don't have to suffer in Illinois.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:58:11 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:58:03 AM

State of Illinois govt agency out of Chicago. Hmmmmm! Look under a table for cash.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:57:40 AM

Everything has a cost.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:57:25 AM

Phase gas fired plants in over that five year period, lower prices, less pollution, how can that be bad.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:56:55 AM

Of course they did.
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We need a cheap gas.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:55:54 AM

What a crock. What are they going to do... wait till the situation gets critical ??
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:50:40 AM

The fear card played well?
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:50:22 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:49:53 AM

ugh
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:48:31 AM



They should work to put the safety controls a little at a time. That should help.

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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:47:57 AM

So THAT'S how you win against the EPA - threat to shut them ALL down if they push too hard. Wowza.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:47:36 AM

Closing plants cut jobs. Why does that not get Bozama's attention? 44 days until the ejection. Early voting is already open in some areas.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:45:31 AM

Sounds like BLACKMAIL to me.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:45:31 AM

another EPA exception to coal power plant
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:45:18 AM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:44:53 AM

Whatever!!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:44:52 AM

They won't change. They will drag this out as long as possible and then shut down or have government buy them out
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:41:45 AM

right
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:41:41 AM

Well hope that is the right decision.
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ok
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There has to be a compromise position.
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Nonsense, there are other ways
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:31:43 AM

Whatever. My electric bill is already too high.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:31:39 AM

Only in Chicago.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:30:33 AM

I hope they are working at getting this project finished soon.
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