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S. Illinois town faces water dilemma with new power plant

The Kaskaskia River has been low lately because of lack of rain. But nearby power plants also draw a lot of water from the river, making residents who depend on the river nervous. (Photo by Shawn Allee)

By Shawn Allee, GLRC

New Athens, Ill. – The U.S. will need more electricity in the next few decades, which means more power plans will be needed.

Most battles over power generation involve air quality or even how much fossil fuel is used to generate electricity.

But one community is facing a fight over how much water a new power plant might use. As Shawn Allee, of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, reports, it's a debate more communities may face in the future.

To hear Shawn's story, click here.


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