The Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals on April 8 issued a permit to Southern Illinois Power Cooperative for “carbon” recovery at the 436-acre Southern Delta site in Wiliamson and Saline counties.
The cooperative, which has coal-fired generating capacity, would be recovering coal waste material left over from long-ago coal mining. The office noted that prior coal operations in the include those of Sahara Coal, Delta Coal Mining/Amax Coal and Peabody Coal.
The cooperative under this permitting would also be allowed to bury coal combustion by-products (ash and synthetic gypsum) from its Marion power plant at the Southern Delta site. There will be a liner and cap installed to contain any runoff from the buried waste.