UNDATED -- The U.S. Department of Energy tentatively says all of the Illinois and Texas sites vying for the cutting-edge, coal-powered FutureGen plant are environmentally acceptable.
Developers are considering sites in Mattoon and Tuscola in Illinois, as well as Odessa and Jewett in Texas, for the $1.5 billion project they say will minimize air pollution by storing emissions underground.
Late last week, the Energy Department issued its final environmental impact statement, rating all four sites acceptable.
Federal lawmakers from Illinois now say a 30-day public comment period will start in the middle of this month. After that, FutureGen developers will make a final site selection.