Decatur out of the running for FutureGen project

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Decatur officials are taking the city out of the running to be involved in a reworked version of the FutureGen clean-coal project.

Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy tells the (Decatur) Herald and Review that a study determined the city doesn't have any sites suitable for what the project needs. The Department of Energy is looking for towns that are willing to house an underground storage site for carbon dioxide that would come from a retrofitted coal plant in western Illinois.

The department had planned to pipe the carbon dioxide to Mattoon, but Mattoon backed out. The plans for FutureGen initially called for a futuristic coal-fired power plant to be built in Mattoon. Instead, an existing plant in Meredosia will be retooled.