CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Members of Illinois' congressional
delegation are looking for a way to keep the FutureGen clean-coal
Senator Dick Durbin says he'll hold up White House nominations
to fill positions in the Energy Department. That agency earlier
this year pulled the plug on plans to build the FutureGen plant in
Energy Department spokeswoman Megan Barnett would say only that
the agency continues to work with Congress.
Durbin's an Illinois Democrat. He also hopes to craft
legislation that will keep the plant in the works until a new
president takes office in January.
The Energy Department has said it killed the project over rising
costs. But skeptics believe FutureGen died because it was going to
be built in central Illinois rather than Texas, President Bush's
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