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The Guidebook for the Permitting of Coal Gasification Facilities in Illinois is available by clicking on the picture below:
|WHY PROMOTE ILLINOIS COAL?|
Coal has socioeconomic importance to Illinois. The Illinois coal industry is a nearly $1 billion industry. Coal is mined in 14 Illinois counties.
Clean coal technology can reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, particulates and carbon dioxide.
The United States produces about 1 billion tons of coal annually, about 12% of the world's supply - second only to China.
Coal generates about 40 percent of the electricity in the United States.
Each person in the United States uses 3 tons of coal each year.
Nine out of ten tons of coal in the U.S. are used to generate electricity.
The average coal miner is 45 years old and has 16 years of experience.
The United States has about a 235-year supply of coal, if it continues using coal at the same rate at which it uses coal today.
Coal ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, is used as filler for tennis rackets, golf balls, and linoleum.