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In a race against the calendar, city council shows support for carbon capture program

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Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of burning coal. It is also a greenhouse gas, which many scientists say is driving climate change. Reducing carbon emissions is a key component of most responses to climate change. And a new test program from the University of Illinois is exploring ways to do that.

The University is exploring options for testing Phase II and III “post-combustion CO2 capture technologies.” CWLP is already exploring and implementing many ways to reduce emissions, and is a logical choice for the test program.

But while there is support in both the utility and city government for the program, the timing of the program put the city in a bind. With Christmas and New Year’s falling on Tuesday, the council had rescheduled its meetings and would not meet again this calendar year. This means there would be no opportunity to pass a resolution signaling their support for taking part in the program. Fortunately, they were able to show consensus on the motion, and approved Mayor Langfelder sending a letter of interest to the University by the end of the year deadline.

This letter only allows CWLP to be in the running for the program. The letter is a non-binding statement of interest, and no direct action will be taken because of it. Some aldermen were concerned about potential risk and obligations being put on CWLP from the program in the future. Representatives from the utility said that this step is just preliminary, and both the council and the utility will be able to gauge any risks before binding decisions are made.

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