The implementation of modern technology has helped the Prairie State coal plant in Washington County become one of the cleanest in the nation, one congressman says it's not always easy to do business. U.S. State Representative Mike Bost says it's tough to operate the plant because the Environmental Protection Agency is always changing its rules
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Bost says the EPA continues to put tougher emissions laws in place, which prevents Illinois from burning most of its own coal. Bost says most of Illinois' coal is now being shipped to China and India and is calling on Congress to reign in some of the regulations so the mining industry can thrive in southern Illinois.