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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:42 AM

Homer (Illinois) rejects water sale to coal mine

The Homer Village Board voted Monday night to reject an agreement for treated water and sewer services for Sunrise Coal LLC's proposed Bulldog coal mine, surprising even those in the audience who had asked the board to do so.

Traci Barkley with Prairie Rivers Network said she was shocked by the vote.

"This is huge," said Barkley, whose nonprofit organization has been working with some Homer-area residents against the proposed coal mine and Homer's proposed agreement to supply it with up to 20,000 gallons a day of treated water and sewer services.

The mood was celebratory outside the village meeting room immediately after the vote in which three of the six board members present voted no, making it impossible for the proposal to get the four "yes" votes required to pass.


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