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      Decision made for FutureGen CO2 site

      UPDATED: February 28 at 12:02 p.m.

      FutureGen project developers have picked Morgan County for the underground CO2 storage site.

      Leaders hope the project could bring 1,000 construction and 150 permanent jobs to the area.

      KHQA spoke with Meredosia Mayor Kenneth Scott.

      Scott says "This is good news and a positive project for Morgan County. In the short term there will be a big boom for the service industry and as the construction begins. All eyes from the clean coal world will be on Morgan County to see how this new project works."

      "The next step will be to have village engineers work with Ameren and FutureGen to facilitate transportation, logistics and housing," he said, "I am very excited and pleased and would like to thank everyone in Morgan Co and its elected officials who supported this project."

      KHQA will bring you more details on this announcement so check this story later and watch KHQA's News at Five, KHQA's Evening News at 6 p.m. and KHQA's Late News at 10 p.m.

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      The wait is nearly over for the four Illinois counties hoping to be the FutureGen clean coal project's carbon dioxide storage site.

      The FutureGen Alliance will announce its selection Monday. The alliance is a group of coal companies and other firms working with the U.S. Department of Energy on FutureGen.

      The sites in contention are in Christian, Douglas, Fayette and Morgan counties. Leaders hope the project could bring 1,000 construction and 150 permanent jobs to their communities.

      The carbon dioxide would be generated by a power plant in Meredosia the project aims to refit with low-emissions technology.

      Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

      The project was announced last year after the Energy Department scrapped plans to build a new experimental coal plant in Mattoon.

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