RE: Public Comment in Support of Illinois Power Holdings' Petition, Docket No. PCB 2014-010 (Air-Variance)
Dear Honorable Members of the Illinois Pollution Control Board:
I support Ameren Energy Resources' workers and Illinois Power Holdings' Petition for Air-Variance.
In 2012, the Illinois Pollution Control Board granted Ameren Energy Resources (AER) a variance for the Illinois Multi-Pollutant Standard (MPS). The Board found the variance to be a "net benefit to air quality" and recognized the associated economic benefits. Now, those benefits may be lost if a similar variance is not granted to Dynegy subsidiary Illinois Power Holdings (IPH), which will acquire AER. The variance ensures reduced emissions and high environmental standards while protecting the economic livelihoods of Illinois families.
If granted, IPH will help provide certainty to the employees and communities in Central and Southern Illinois that count on the economic benefit of the continued operation of these facilities. Dynegy is an Illinois employer with a strong environmental track record.
Under the variance granted in September 2012, AER committed to environmental standards and making the required MPS upgrades at its facilities. IPH is committed to fulfilling the obligations under the variance. Please grant this request so we can improve air quality by achieving the cleaner emission standards without having to jeopardize jobs and livelihoods of Illinois residents.
Thank you for your consideration and for registering my comment.