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Coalition for Coal By-Product Asking for Funding

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Virginia Tech wants $290 million in federal stimulus money to capture and store carbon dioxide from a new power plant in Virginia. If approved, the government money would pay half the cost of the project.

The new Dominion Virginia Power plant is being built in southwestern Wise County. The rest would be supplied by members of a coalition spearheaded by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech. Up to 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide a day would be captured from the plant, out of about 14 thousand tons that the plant would produce if it burns coal full time when it goes into operation. The coalition expects the U.S. Department of Energy to decide by November whether to award the grant.

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