South Central Illinois Location Chosen as FutureGen Site

By WEEK Producer

February 28, 2011 Updated Feb 28, 2011 at 11:31 PM CDT

Morgan County, in south-central Illinois has been chose as the site for the FutureGen-Two CO2 storage site.

The revamped plan for FutureGen calls for retrofitting an older Ameren power plant in Meredosia and then piping the CO2 emissions to the storage site.

Among the factors that resulted in the selection of the site was its close proximity to the Meredosia plant, which reduces the overall cost of the clean-coal project.

On Capitol Hill Monday, Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin talked about the project.

"FutureGen really is using our coal in an environmentally positive way. We're gonna sequester the carbon below the earth, and create a lot of construction jobs building the facility in Morgan County, near the Meridosia plant. I think we're going to show the world how to do this to use our coal resources without adding to emissions and environmental problems."

The one-point-three Billion dollar project aims to isolate CO2 emissions from coal...but compressing them deep underground.

Along with the underground storage facility, the site near Jacksonville would include an education and training center.

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