Southern Illinois Power Co-op gets permit for coal waste recovery

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.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.