On November 13, 2019, Judge Joe Billy McDade approved a Consent Decree in NRDC, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association’s case against the owner of the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant, located in Bartonville, Illinois. The settlement requires Edwards’ owner to close the plant by the end of 2022 (subject to regulatory approval) and to provide $8.6 million in funding for projects to benefit the greater Peoria region. This project funding is divided into two categories:
- $6.88 million for public health or environmental projects that benefit the greater Peoria, Illinois area, as defined in Appendix A to the Consent Decree.
- $1.72 million for projects that provide funding for job training and/or re-training programs at Peoria-area schools and organizations, that encompass a range of industries and that may be made accessible to Edwards employees and others.
On November 21, 2019, the plaintiffs in the litigation, along with local partner groups, announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects to fund using the $8.6 million provided in the settlement.
The deadline to apply for funding has passed. We expect to announce funding decisions the week of February 17.