Group looks to ‘right-to-farm’ amendment to block Ameren transmission line

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Opponents of a proposed Ameren power line that would run 100 miles from Iowa through northeastern Missouri are using the state’s “right-to-farm” amendment passed last year to try to block the project.

A group called Neighbors United Against Ameren’s Power Line says the power line would “permanently remove citizens’ property from production and prevent these citizen farmers and ranchers from engaging in farming and/or ranching practices.”

The Missouri Public Service Commission disagreed with the group, and earlier this month the state regulatory body denied the group’s motion to dismiss Ameren’s application for a certificate that would allow the St. Louis-based utility to use eminent domain if necessary.

However, the PSC’s move left open the possibility that the group could mount a challenge using the right-to-farm amendment, and an attorney for the group said the case could go to the courts.

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