Environmental Group Says Ameren Plants Violate Air-Quality Laws

Photo Courtesy of Ameren
Photo Courtesy of Ameren

The Sierra Club says it has data that show three Ameren Missouri coal-burning power plants that surround the St. Louis metro area have racked up nearly 10,000 air-quality violations since 2008. The alleged violations at the Meramec, Labadie and Rush Island plants were cited in a letter from the Sierra Club to Ameren giving 60-day notice that the environmental group intends to sue the utility to enforce provisions of the federal Clean Air Act.

Specifically, the group said the plants’ emissions have routinely exceeded standards for opacity, a measure of the amount of fine particulate matter, or soot, being emitted from smokestacks, and it represents a serious public health threat. Ameren’s vice president for environmental services said the plants have always operated “in accordance with EPA regulations and permitting requirements.”

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