CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Pollution Control Board has refused to adopt a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner to relax limits on pollution from the state's coal-fired power plants.
The proposal by Rauner was intended to help a struggling industry.
The proposed amendments to the state rules would have affected eight plants operated in central and southern Illinois by Texas-based Vistra Energy. The changes would have replaced the rate-based limits with annual caps on tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emitted by the plants.
Spokeswomen for Vistra and the Rauner-led Illinois Environmental Protection Agency declined comment on Thursday's ruling.