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Settlement would close the Edwards power plant by the end of 2022

EDWARDS (WEEK) – According to a news release from Illinois environmental groups, the Edwards power plant would close by the end of 2022 if a settlement is approved by a judge, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. EPA.

The lawsuit filed in 2013 accuses the Edwards Generation Plant and its owners of continually violating air pollution emission limits laid out in the Clean Air Act.

Monday, all parties involved in the lawsuit released a statement about the settlement. The plaintiffs including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Respiratory Health Association (RHA), said they hope the court approves the settlement and, “look forward to working with the people of Peoria and surrounding communities to develop and implement the beneficial projects the settlement provides for.”

As for the defendants, Illinois Power Resources Generating, LLC, released a statement saying:

“The proposed settlement resolves a long-running lawsuit while providing three years of certainty for the more than 70 employees working at the Edwards plant and, importantly, a transition period for the community to plan for the plant closure. IPRG and Edwards look forward to continuing to provide reliable power for Illinois for the next three years while supporting the communities where our employees live and work.”

To learn more about the environmental groups involved in the lawsuit, as well as the energy companies, click here.

Molly Jirasek

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