MATTOON – The proposed $1.8 billion FutureGen clean coal power plant scheduled to be built in Mattoon may not be built after all and politicians are claiming it's a victim of partisan politics.
U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson said Tuesday that Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told much of the Illinois Congressional delegation Tuesday morning that the Department of Energy plans to disband the FutureGen Alliance and move into a different direction, according to a spokesman for Rep. Johnson.
The FutureGen Alliance was a combined effort between 13 energy companies from around the world and the Department of Energy.
Johnson has requested a meeting with the White House to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesman, Phil Bloomer.
Sen. Dick Durbin said the Illinois congressional delegation will take the fight directly to the president.
"In 25 years on Capitol Hill, I have never witnessed such a cruel deception," Durbin said in a written release. "For five years, the Department of Energy has urged our state and others to pursue, at great expense and sacrifice, this critically important energy project. When the City of Mattoon was chosen over possible locations in Texas, the Secretary of Energy set out to kill FutureGen."
Added Bloomer: "It isn't over yet. We will continue to pursue a correction through the legistlative process."