Ameren plant will receive first water permit in 15 years

Ameren UE's burning power plant at Labadie, Mo. | Courtesy of Wampa-One/ Flickr
Ameren UE’s burning power plant at Labadie, Mo. will receive new regulation from the Department of Natural Resources. | Courtesy of Wampa-One/ Flickr

After a decade and a half of operating under an expired water discharge permit, Ameren Missouri’s Labadie coal-fired power plant in Franklin County will finally receive new regulation from the Department of Natural Resources. The new proposed permit would cover water discharged from the utility’s coal ash ponds into the Missouri River as well as stormwater discharges and releases of heated water used to cool the plant.

The plant’s previous permit was issued in 1994 and expired in 1999. The reason for the glacial renewal speed, the DNR said, was 20 years of litigation and rule changes from the Environmental Protection Agency tied to the Clean Water Act.

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