NRDC, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association v. Illinois Power Resources Generating


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For at least the past decade, the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant outside Peoria, Illinois, has been releasing illegal and dangerous amounts of soot—an air pollutant associated with premature death, heart attacks, lower cognitive function in children and cognitive decline in the elderly, increased risk of asthma attacks, and exacerbated respiratory infections. The plant’s owners (Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC and parent company Vistra Energy Corporation) have put neighboring communities at risk by failing to invest in modern pollution controls and continuing to rely on equipment built in the 1970s.

To end the plant’s illegal and hazardous pollution, NRDC and its partners, Sierra Club and the Respiratory Health Association, filed a Clean Air Act citizen enforcement suit in 2013. In 2016, a judge ruled that the plant had violated its permit and regulatory limits for particulate matter and opacity thousands of times between mid-2008 and mid-2014 alone.

On November 13, 2019, the court approved a settlement that will require the E.D. Edwards plant to close by the end of 2022 (subject to regulatory approval) and its owners to provide at least $8.6 million in funding for projects to benefit the Peoria region.

Please see our settlement website for more details on the funded projects and next steps.

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February 27, 2020

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