The St. Louis Post offered a thorough report on the Illinois Pollution Control Board’s decision to give Ameren until the end of 2019 to comply with Illinois’ 2006’s Multi-Pollutant Standard.
The piece captures the wide opposition to the variance:
Environmental groups disagreed. They contend Ameren didn’t sufficiently prove that it exhausted all potential options to ratchet down emissions to the level it had agreed to years earlier. Faith Bugel, a senior attorney for the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center, called the decision “a step backward for air quality in Illinois,” and said it “undercuts” environmental regulations established years earlier.