"The Energy Department's scaled-back goal for capturing carbon at the proposed FutureGen coal-fired power project is getting poor reviews from environmentalists.
DOE last week reversed a Bush-era decision by unveiling tentative plans to proceed with the federal-industry project to build a prototype coal plant in Mattoon, Ill., that would trap and store carbon dioxide emissions.
The new plan calls for an initial carbon-capture goal of 60 percent, but with a design that would allow an upgrade to 90 percent. The original Bush administration plan had called for a 90 percent capture goal.
The Clean Air Task Force issued a statement over the weekend saying the revised carbon goal transforms FutureGen into 'YesterGen.' Other environmentalists also criticized the revision."