Environmental & Fuels Department


Environmental Department

The SIPC Environmental Department manages the company’s compliance with all environmental laws and regulations in a consistent, responsible, and reasonably-priced manner. These goals are accomplished by advising the Board of Directors, CEO, and Staff of ways to address new regulations, or how to mitigate situations of environmental concern. The entire department consists of Leonard Hopkins, Vice President; Jason McLaurin, Environmental Coordinator; and Jim Webb, Environmental Fuel and Safety Superintendent.

Through the efforts of these two professionals, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative complies with all air, land, water, and hazardous waste regulations. Such rules typically require tasks such as continuous air emission monitoring; monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting; and daily plant monitoring to assure continuous compliance. Over the last fifteen years, SIPC has reduced sulfur dioxide emissions from their coal-fired boilers over 75% and nitrogen oxide emissions over 70%. Southern Illinois Power Cooperative is proud to prove that a coal-fired electricity generator can be cost effective and a good environmental steward.

Fuel Procurement


The Fuel Procurement Department is responsible for finding, testing, and contracting for the proper fuels to power SIPC’s boilers in the most cost effective and environmentally acceptable manner. Typically this requires finding various blends of fuel at various prices and qualities, testing each fuel to assure its’ specifications match the environmental and calorific needs of SIPC, and negotiating a contract that guarantees delivery of these fuels at the best price for the plant.

The Department is managed by Leonard Hopkins who has fifteen years with the Cooperative, as well as experience in coal mining and the environmental field. This department strives to provide the power plant with the fuel it needs at prices below the typical market value.

Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule Compliance Data and Information

This website is intended to satisfy the requirement under the CCR Rule (section 257.107) to maintain a publically accessible internet site (CCR website) containing the information specified in that section. The required information will be posted when it is accomplished and is available.

If you have questions regarding SIPC’s compliance with these rules, please leave a message for the Environmental Department.

Assessment Monitoring Program Notification

SIPC Statistical Approach for the Evaluation of Groundwater Monitoring Data for the CCR Management Area

2017 Annual Groundwater Monitoring and Corrective Action Report

Groundwater Wells Notice

CCR Fugitive Dust Plan

Landfill Closure Notification

Engineering Report and H & H Capacity Assessments

Emery Pond CCR Emergency Action Plan