Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.
Yet another change has been announced regarding the long awaited FutureGen coal project. Ameren's announcement over the summer that it was closing a coal fired power plant in Meredosia, Ill. was more than just a normal business decision. It cast doubt on the FutureGen project since that Morgan County plant was to be retrofitted and used to demonstrate a different way to use coal.
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Seven of Ameren Missouri's ash ponds have been rated 'poor' by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo. (pictured) has been at the center of a recent debate about a proposed coal ash landfill near the plant.
Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado hit Joplin on May 22 and is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
Insurers have spent more than $1 billion in Joplin tornado claims
After spending about $1.13 billion in claims tied to the Joplin tornado, insurers expect payouts to continue to grow.
The head of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration says total insured losses could be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion. John Huff called the tornado the "largest insurance event in Missouri history."