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JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Developers of the FutureGen clean-coal project say they’re encouraged by the early results of a just-completed well drilled to test the suitability of western Illinois’ geology for carbon dioxide storage.

The FutureGen Alliance said Tuesday that core samples taken from the well in Morgan County will undergo further tests.

The alliance is a group of coal companies and other firms planning to use $1 billion in federal funds to refit a coal-fired power plant in Morgan County with technology that would capture carbon dioxide from the coal. The greenhouse gas would be stored underground.

The developers also plan to pump water underground next month to test rock formations beneath the site.

FutureGen hopes to crank up the plant in 2016.

The project has endured numerous setbacks since proposed in 2003.

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