Ameren http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Labadie Residents Win One Legal Challenge Against Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill ― And File Another http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/labadie-residents-win-one-legal-challenge-against-amerens-coal-ash-landfill-and-file-another <p><strong><em>Updated 7/25/14 with information on a new lawsuit.</em></strong></p><p>The Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) has filed another lawsuit in their long-running campaign to prevent Ameren from building a coal ash landfill in Franklin County.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:54:35 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 38262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Labadie Residents Win One Legal Challenge Against Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill ― And File Another Missouri Public Service Commission Gives The Go-Ahead To Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill Plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-public-service-commission-gives-go-ahead-amerens-coal-ash-landfill-plans <p>The Missouri Public Service Commission has signed off on Ameren Missouri's plan to build a coal ash landfill at its power plant in Franklin County.</p><p>The five member commission <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/ea-2012-0281_report_and_order_iii.pdf" target="_blank">unanimously granted the utility company’s request</a> for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity on Wednesday. That certificate gives Ameren the ability to expand the area of its Labadie power plant to build the new landfill.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:42:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37743 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Public Service Commission Gives The Go-Ahead To Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill Plans Cutting Carbon Emissions: Creating Or Killing Jobs? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cutting-carbon-emissions-creating-or-killing-jobs <p>The Environment Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on carbon emissions&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">released earlier this month&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">are sparking debate on whether the rule changes will create jobs or kill jobs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new rules seek to reduce American’s carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. States have until June 30, 2016 to draft plans for how to reduce their average emissions.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:02:06 +0000 Maria Altman 37019 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cutting Carbon Emissions: Creating Or Killing Jobs? Stakes High For Missouri Electricity Customers In Battle Between Ameren And Noranda http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stakes-high-missouri-electricity-customers-battle-between-ameren-and-noranda <p>On Tuesday night at Harris Stowe University, St. Louis area residents will finally get a chance to weigh in on a utility battle that – one way or another -- will likely affect how much they pay for electricity.</p><p>Conducted by Missouri’s Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees utilities, the 6 p.m. hearing will center on two dueling narratives:</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:38:38 +0000 Jo Mannies 36816 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stakes High For Missouri Electricity Customers In Battle Between Ameren And Noranda 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 Loss Of Rebate Clouds Missouri's Solar Industry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/loss-rebate-clouds-missouris-solar-industry <p>Those in Missouri’s solar industry are losing their sunny outlook.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A combination of lower solar equipment costs, a federal tax incentive, and an attractive state-mandated rebate pushed sales through the roof in 2013. The solar industry <a href="http://adminmoseia.hypermart.net/uploads/Solar%20Jobs%20for%20Missouri%20v2.pdf" target="_blank">reported</a> an additional 1,700 jobs in the state.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:46:15 +0000 Maria Altman 34543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Loss Of Rebate Clouds Missouri's Solar Industry 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 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 St. Louis County Council Members Hear From Ameren On Concerns About Meramec Power Plant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-council-members-hear-ameren-concerns-about-meramec-power-plant <p>Despite concerns raised by some members of the St. Louis County Council and local environmental groups, Ameren says its coal fired Meramec Power Plant does not pose a public health risk.</p><p>On Tuesday night, members of the St. Louis County Council heard a presentation from Ameren geared toward answering concerns about the environmental impact of the company’s power plant in Oakville.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:15:47 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29615 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Council Members Hear From Ameren On Concerns About Meramec Power Plant