- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The Carbondale City Council has approved a solar power-producing station despite strong community opposition.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports (https://bit.ly/1FUTiR4 ) the council voted 5-2 to allow a company called Brightfields to build the solar array at the former Koppers Wood Treatment plant.

The Massachusetts-based Brightfields touts the fact that it produces “green energy” on “brownfields” - or former industrial sites with contaminated soil.

Several residents of Carbondale’s Northeast community spoke against the development.

City officials say the developers must control dust at the site and provide a neighborhood traffic plan during construction. They may not disturb contaminated soil and must repair damaged roads after completion.

The company must also pay a fee based on energy produced. Acting Mayor Don Monty says that could be $500,000 a year.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com


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