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FutureGen Takes a Step Forward

FutureGen Takes a Step Forward

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground.

The permits approved Tuesday are a key piece of the project. FutureGen aims to capture carbon dioxide from coal at a power plant in Meredosia and store it. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. The EPA said the permits are the first of this type for carbon sequestration.

FutureGen Alliance CEO Ken Humphreys called the permits a major milestone. The project still faces a complaint filed by the Sierra Club with the Illinois Pollution Control Board over potential air pollution.

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