- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - In a story April 1 about a plan to store carbon dioxide underground in Illinois, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last date that the public may comment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period ends on May 15, not May 7.

A corrected version of the story is below:

EPA seeks public input on Ill. carbon-capture plan

US EPA seeks public comments on FutureGen plan to store carbon dioxide underground in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in western Illinois.

FutureGen Industrial Alliance wants to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia, then inject it into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east.

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change when released into the atmosphere. FutureGen wants permits to inject 1.1 million metric tons a year for 20 years in a practice known as “carbon sequestration.”

The permits would be the first in the nation for injecting and storing the gas underground.

The comment period ends May 15. The EPA will hold a public hearing on May 7 at MacMurray College in Jacksonville.

___

Online: http://www.epa.gov/region5/water/uic/futuregen .