Illinois Environmentalists
11:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Groups Want Coal Mine Rules Enforced


Groups such as the Sierra Club of Illinois feel the state has plenty of regulations for coal mining, but enforcement of rules has been lax.

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Springfield Coal’s Industry Mine
6:46 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Outrage over New Math for Coal Mine Violations

The Industry mine

Those fighting against a permit renewal application for a western Illinois coal mine are flabbergasted by the latest development in the process.

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Affects sites in Western IL
2:29 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

EPA Ordered to Make Stricter Coal Ash Rules

Aerial view of coal ash ponds near Havana, Illinois.

A federal court has ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to more strictly regulate a form of pollution from coal fired power plants, including plants in Western Illinois.

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$20-million in 2011
12:59 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Report says Coal Costs IL Money Overall

Report says the coal industry cost IL 20 million in 2011.
Credit Marianne Morgan/

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the group Downstream Strategies have issued a report saying the coal industry is actually a drain on the Illinois economy.

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Demand for Cheaper Product
5:12 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Illinois Coal Production on the Rise


While the United States has seen an overall decline in the production and use of coal, there is a different story in Illinois.

During the first half of this year, Illinois coal production was 13% higher than the same period last year. That has been driven in significant part by power plants that have switched from Appalachia's higher-cost coal to Illinois' cheaper coal. Illinois coal has more sulfur, a pollutant, but at least 30 power plants in the region have added scrubbing equipment that allows them to burn Illinois coal.

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