The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against Ameren Missouri alleging that emissions from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants violate the federal Clean Air Act.
The advocacy group informed Ameren in December of its intent to sue to enforce the Clean Air Act, saying the company’s own data proved that its Rush Island, Labadie and Meramec power plants were emitting too much fine particulate matter. The statute gives the company 60 days to reach a settlement.
“We want Ameren to clean up their emissions and if they can’t do that, they should be considering retiring some of the plants,” Sierra Club leader Andy Knott said.
Ameren’s vice president for environmental services called the lawsuit without merit, noting that a federal judge in Texas recently rejected similar allegations from the Sierra Club against Dallas-based Luminant Energy.