Supporters of the FutureGen clean-coal project are growing impatient with talks between the Energy Department and utilities that still want to build it in Illinois.
Members of the FutureGen Alliance have been negotiating with the DOE
since March over the future of the nixed project. The cost estimate
had ballooned to $1.8 billion when it was dropped.
The Bush administration last year shelved the project shortly after Mattoon, Ill., was picked as its site. Areas of West Texas also had been considered.
U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson has urged President Barack Obama to restart FutureGen and free up stimulus funding to pay for it.
DOE spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller says Energy Secretary Steven
Chu hopes the closed-door negotiations wrap up soon.
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