Doubts Continue For FutureGen Project

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin doesn’t believe questions raised by a congressional report about the long-running FutureGen project should create doubts about its future.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report by the Congressional Research Service. The report says project delays raise doubts about whether FutureGen will be able to demonstrate its clean-coal technology when $1 billion in funding expires in 2015. The report also questions whether the power industry has incentive to use the technology.  
Durbin spokeswoman Christina Mulka said Thursday that the project’s planners believe they’re on track to hit deadlines.
The often-changed FutureGen would remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from coal and store it underground. The coal would be burned at a refitted power plant in Meredosia.

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