coal ash 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 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 PSC Hears Arguments On Labadie Coal Ash Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/psc-hears-arguments-labadie-coal-ash-landfill <p></p><p></p><p>Hearings begin in Jefferson City Monday morning on a proposed coal ash landfill in Franklin County.</p><p>Power company Ameren is seeking the Missouri Public Service Commission’s approval of the new facility to receive waste from its power plant in Labadie.</p><p>The utility is running out of room in its existing Labadie storage ponds. Ameren&nbsp;Vice President Warren Wood says the new landfill will be extremely safe, replacing slurry ponds with state-of-the-art dry storage.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:35:49 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 34852 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org PSC Hears Arguments On Labadie Coal Ash Landfill EPA Holds Public Hearing Over Coal Ash Contamination In Jefferson County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-holds-public-hearing-over-coal-ash-contamination-jefferson-county <p></p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/factsheets/2013/rotary_drilling_supply_public_hearing_rcra_admin_order.htm">is holding a public hearing Thursday evening</a> about a proposed agreement to address water pollution from the illegal disposal of coal ash from Ameren’s Rush Island Power Plant.</p><p>According to the EPA, approximately 140,000 tons of ash containing heavy metals and other toxic substances contaminated Jefferson County wetlands, an unnamed tributary to Plattin Creek and a portion of Willers Lake.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:11:21 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin & Véronique LaCapra 29309 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Holds Public Hearing Over Coal Ash Contamination In Jefferson County National Report Condemns Coal Ash Water Pollution From Ameren's Labadie Plant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-report-condemns-coal-ash-water-pollution-amerens-labadie-plant-0 <p></p><p>A new report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups focuses on the need to revamp national water pollution standards for coal-fired power plants.</p><p><a href="http://action.sierraclub.org/site/DocServer/ClosingTheFloodgates-Final.pdf">The report</a> cites Ameren's <a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/source/AboutUs/pages/adc_au_labadie.aspx">Labadie power plant</a> in Franklin County as one of the worst waterway polluters in the nation.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:33:55 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 28494 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Report Condemns Coal Ash Water Pollution From Ameren's Labadie Plant Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/environmental-groups-demand-groundwater-testing-near-ameren-power-plants <p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:53:24 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 26680 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/protesters-urge-state-test-groundwater-coal-ash-contamination-near-ameren-power-plants <p></p><p>A small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters in St. Louis today to voice their opposition to the company's plans to build several new coal ash landfills.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:00:54 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25756 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants Local Group Appeals Court Decision Allowing Coal Ash Landfill In Labadie http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-group-appeals-court-decision-allowing-coal-ash-landfill-labadie <p>A local environmental group filed an appeal this morning in an ongoing effort to keep Ameren from building a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Labadie.</p><p>Last month, a circuit court judge ruled that the Franklin County Commission was in the right when it approved a zoning amendment that would allow construction of the landfill.</p><p>But a group of 12 Labadie families, led by the grassroots Labadie Environmental Organization, is challenging that decision.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:26:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9365 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local Group Appeals Court Decision Allowing Coal Ash Landfill In Labadie