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Tue September 17, 2013

Battle Over Pollution Controls At Coal Fired Power Plants

Credit Veronique LaCapra/Stlpublicradio

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.  
The AFL-CIO made its position known at the Illinois Pollution Control Board meeting in Springfield on Tuesday.  
The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.  
Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.  
The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.  
The board is expected to make a decision by November.