PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Dynegy Again Seeks Relief from Air Pollution Regulations
CENTRAL ILLINOIS HEALTHY COMMUNITY ALLIANCE SEES POTENTIAL POLLUTION HOT SPOTS UNDER NEW PROPOSAL
The Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance (CIHCA) is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to creating a sustainable and healthy community for Central Illinois. CIHCA is concerned about the decades of air and water pollution created by the Edwards coal plant south of Bartonville.
CIHCA is working to retire the Edwards plant and transition Central Illinois to a cleaner energy economy by reducing energy use, and moving to renewables such as wind and solar.
Dynegy, the Texas‐based company that owns the Edwards coal‐fired powerplant south of Bartonville, has worked behind closed doors with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop a proposal that effectively turns the Illinois Multi‐Pollutant Standard on its head.
Who: Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and partners
What: News conference at Peoria Public Library Main Branch
When: Friday, January 12 at 10:30AM
Where: 107 NE Monroe in Peoria, Lower Level 1, Classroom A
After eight months of confidential negotiations, the Illinois EPA informed environmental groups of the massive rewrite of state air pollution regulations for Dynegy’s downstate powerplants. A few weeks later, the R2018‐20 rulemaking was filed with the Illinois Pollution Control Board. On January 17, 2018, beginning at 10:00 AM, hearings on the proposal will be held at the main branch of the Peoria Public Library. Public comments are from 4:30‐7:00PM and speakers need to sign in by 5:00PM.
The Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance is appalled at the new proposal which will allow Dynegy to keep older, dirtier, cheaper‐to‐operate plants open while closing newer, cleaner, more efficient ones. The Dynegy proposal moves from pollution limits based on the amount of electricity generated to a flat annual cap for the entire downstate fleet.
The Chicago Tribune’s analysis on September 27, 2017 concluded “Under the new rules, Dynegy could emit nearly double the amount of harmful sulfur dioxide they emitted last year.”
The local Edwards plant, lacking sophisticated sulfur dioxide controls and thus cheaper‐to‐run, is precisely the type of plant that will run more, creating a hot spot of deadly pollution. Peoria is widely recognized as one of the worst places in the country to live if you are African American. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 19% of African American children have asthma, compared to 6% of white children. In Peoria, our poorest zip codes already live with significant pollution from the Edwards coal plant every day.
Dynegy should not be allowed to rewrite the rules to line its pockets and perpetuate the decades‐old environmental injustice on Peoria’s south side.
For more information, contact Tracy Fox of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, 309‐369‐5331, email@example.com.
A second press event coordinated by grassroots advocates and environmental leaders from around the state will feature some of the expert witnesses. It will be held at 9:15AM prior to the start of the hearing.