coal http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/collateral-impact-epas-proposed-carbon-rule-barge-companies-are-already-adapting <p>Historically, the nation's barges have transported much of the nation's coal. In fact, barges are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eia.gov/coal/distribution/quarterly/" target="_blank">second only behind rail</a>&nbsp;for moving the nation's primary energy source to the power plants that use it. &nbsp;But in June, the EPA put out a new rule to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. The rule's impact on power plants is direct. But what about the impact on the barge industry?<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 03:10:28 +0000 Jess Jiang 37556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-rancor-fear-display-debate-over-epas-coal-proposals <p><em><strong>(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 3)</strong></em></p><p>Within minutes after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted the decision as a “unprecedented power grab.”</p><p>Blunt followed through on Tuesday by co-sponsoring a bill, called the “Coal Country Protection Act,’’ that would allow carbon-emissions limits to go into effect only if other federal agencies could guarantee that no jobs would be lost, electricity rates wouldn’t go up, and the nation’s economy wouldn’t be hurt.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:55:27 +0000 Jo Mannies 36673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-carbon-dioxide-limits-could-mean-big-changes-coal-powered-states-missouri-illinois <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposal sparked immediate debate over the impact, especially in states such as Missouri that depend heavily on coal.</p><p>The new regulations would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide by 2030, compared to 2005 emissions levels.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 01:18:29 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois Critics See Danger In Coal Ash Landfill's Intermittent Contact With Groundwater http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/critics-see-danger-coal-ash-landfills-intermittent-contact-groundwater <p><strong><em>Updated on Wed., May 28.</em></strong></p><p>Critics of Ameren's proposed coal ash landfill in Franklin County argued Tuesday that it would sometimes be sitting in groundwater.</p><p>That's a problem, because most Franklin County residents get their drinking water from groundwater wells <span style="line-height: 1.5;">― and coal ash contains toxic substances like arsenic and lead.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:15:47 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36504 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Critics See Danger In Coal Ash Landfill's Intermittent Contact With Groundwater Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meeting-tuesday-take-public-input-ameren-coal-ash-landfill <p>The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is hosting a meeting on Tuesday to get public input on&nbsp;Ameren's plans to build a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Franklin County.</p><p>The meeting will focus on whether the agency should grant Ameren <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/2014-03-04_Ameren_Labadie_Draft_Construction_Permit.pdf" target="_blank">a landfill construction permit</a>.</p><p>Ameren Missouri's Vice President of External Affairs and Communications, Warren Wood, said the new coal ash landfill will be state-of-the-art.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill Sierra Club Sues Ameren Over The Clean Air Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sierra-club-sues-ameren-over-clean-air-act <p><strong>Updated at 12:45 p.m. with additional information, new state from Ameren.</strong></p><p>The Sierra Club is following through on <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sierra-club-alleges-thousands-air-quality-violations-amerens-st-louis-area-plants?utm_referrer=http%3A//m.news.stlpublicradio.org/%3Futm_referrer%3D%23mobile/32190" target="_blank">its threat to sue Ameren Missouri</a> over emissions from three of the company's coal-fired power plants.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:30:33 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34162 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sierra Club Sues Ameren Over The Clean Air Act Blunt Calls For End On Government 'War On Coal' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-calls-end-government-war-coal <p>When it comes to energy, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says that the federal government has taken the wrong approach for years.</p><p>“The refusal to acknowledge that we’re the Saudi Arabia of coal is a big mistake for us,” Blunt, R-Mo., told St. Charles County officials and business people gathered Thursday night at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Instead, he said, “There’s a clear war on coal.”</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:55:07 +0000 Jo Mannies 33222 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Calls For End On Government 'War On Coal' Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sierra-club-alleges-thousands-air-quality-violations-amerens-st-louis-area-plants <p><em><strong>Updated Thursday 10:15 p.m.</strong></em></p><p>The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.</p><p>In a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201312/Ameren_Missouri_NOI_12.11.13_FINAL.pdf">Notice of Intent to Sue</a> delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's&nbsp;Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:56:41 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 32190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants Missouri’s Power Plants Among Worst U.S. Greenhouse Gas Polluters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-s-power-plants-among-worst-us-greenhouse-gas-polluters <p></p><p>Missouri's coal-fired power plants are among the largest sources of carbon dioxide pollution in the country and a significant contributor to global warming.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:38:37 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29864 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri’s Power Plants Among Worst U.S. Greenhouse Gas Polluters St. Louis County Officials Call For Stricter Regulation Of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-officials-call-stricter-regulation-amerens-meramec-power-plant <p><strong><em>Updated at 3:45 p.m. on August 14, 2013 and at 11:10 a.m. on August 15, 2013 (to add comment from Ameren).</em></strong></p><p>Another St. Louis County official is calling for tighter pollution controls at Ameren's Meramec power plant.</p><p>St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today released <a href="http://action.sierraclub.org/site/DocServer/Karl_Brooks_EPA_Ameren_CAD_Letter_August_2013.pdf?docID=14021">a letter</a> he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to pursue sulfur dioxide controls at the Meramec plant.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:39:58 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin & Véronique LaCapra 28865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Officials Call For Stricter Regulation Of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant