Projects in southern Illinois making headway
By: Mike Shain
The big project is planned for Cairo. Clean Coal Power Resources wants to build a plant that would convert coal to diesel fuel at a cost of nearly $3.5 billion. The plant would employ 1000 workers to build and a permanent workforce of 750. It reports progress on planning and preparation. There is one possible stumbling block, the developers want to use land that's now occupied by Cairo's airport.
The most likely project to be first is a biodiesel plant in Cairo. Donna Raynalds of Southernmost Illinois says building of the plant could be started later this year. An ethanol plant proposed for Pulaski County reports making progress on permits and other matters.