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Environmental advocates rally at Illinois Pollution Control Board

Environmental advocates rally at Illinois Pollution Control Board (WICS)

Environmental advocates are rallying against a proposed bailout and changes for Dynegy-Vistra coal plants.

Monday night, the Illinois Pollution Control Board held a public comment session on the proposal.

The changes would allow the company to keep what the environmental advocates say are cheap dirty plants open and close cleaner ones.

Environmental advocates say this will increase air pollution and are demanding the pollution board to reject the proposal.

The pollution board says supporters of the change have also been speaking out.

"It's been fairly mixed,” said Marie Tipsord, hearing officer on the Illinois Pollution Control Board. “A lot of the Dynegy employees have come in and spoken in support of the rule, a lot of people who lived in the area, a lot of members of environmental groups have spoken in opposition of the rule. We've received probably well over three thousand public comments.”

Monday's hearing was the latest hearing held about the proposal across central Illinois.

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