Illinois exploring options on federal power plant limits

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois officials are still reviewing their options regarding federal power plant limits being challenged by more than two dozen other states. Rauner responded cautiously after the August unveiling of President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from domestic power plants. Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly says the Illinois EPA “is still reviewing the rule and determining potential compliance pathways.” The statement comes days after opponents of the plan filed a flurry of lawsuits in Washington as the federal Environmental Protection Agency published its final version of the new regulations. Neighboring Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin are among the states challenging the new standards.