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Sierra Club, officials to co-host town hall forum on Dynegy plant retirement


From Illinois Business Journal news services

A forum to discuss the planned retirement of the Dynegy Plant in East Alton will take place at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway, Alton, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Dynegy this year plans to retire the 60-year-old, 465-megawatt coal fired power plant located in East Alton. The plant sits along Illinois Route 143 (River Heritage Parkway, also known as the Berm Highway) and employs 90 local workers.

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and allies in the Metro East have been calling on community leaders to start planning for the inevitable transition of aging power plants like the East Alton coal plant for more than a year. Invited to the meeting are East Alton officials and others.

With a retirement expected in 2016, the Sierra Club is co-hosting a town hall forum, moderated by Monica Bristow of the RiverBend Growth Association, so the community can begin discussing the concerns that come with the retirement including cleanup and potential re-use of the site.

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