Ameren - Coal Ash
5:33 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

National Report Condemns Coal Ash Water Pollution From Ameren's Labadie Plant

Residents of Saint Louis, Franklin County and Jefferson County staged a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Pollution” pageant on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to draw attention to the issue of water contamination from Missouri's coal-fired power plants.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

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.

The report cites Ameren's Labadie power plant in Franklin County as one of the worst waterway polluters in the nation.

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Flood plains
4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

EPA Says Situation At West Lake Landfill Is Safe, Groups Concerned About Waste Near Floodplains

Hundreds of people pack the Pattonville High School auditorium for an update on fire that's burning near radioactive waste buried at the West Lake Landfill.

There remains no public health threat from an underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill that is burning near radioactive waste that was illegally buried at the nearby West Lake Landfill.

That was the message delivered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hundreds of residents who packed the Pattonville High School in north St. Louis County Tuesday night.

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Ameren - Coal Ash
5:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants

The approximate locations of drinking water wells in Franklin County (shown in red).
Credit (Map created for the Labadie Environmental Organization based on Missouri Department of Natural Resources well location data)

Environmental groups are once again urging state officials to require groundwater monitoring at Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in eastern Missouri.

The Sierra Club and Labadie Environmental Organization submitted a letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Thursday asking the state not to allow Ameren to build new coal ash landfills before testing groundwater for contamination.

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Electric Rates/Infrastructure
3:48 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Ameren - Coal Ash
6:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants

Protesters join in an anti-coal ash chant outside Ameren headquarters in St. Louis.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Callaway Accident
3:57 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Ameren: Mo. Nuclear Plant 'Operating Safely' In Wake Of Accident

An accident at the Callaway Energy Center in central Missouri has injured three workers.
Ameren Missouri

Updated 3:51 p.m. April 4

Ameren Missouri released a statement today saying that the plant is operating safely, but did not release any further details about those injured. An excerpt of the statement: 

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Ameren - Coal Ash
6:26 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Local Group Appeals Court Decision Allowing Coal Ash Landfill In Labadie

Ameren Missouri wants to build a 400-acre coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Labadie
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.

But a group of 12 Labadie families, led by the grassroots Labadie Environmental Organization, is challenging that decision.

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Utility rates
3:33 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Ameren Illinois Seeks $50M Gas Rate Increase

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

One of Illinois's largest natural gas providers is seeking a $50 million rate increase for its 813,000 customers.

Ameren Illinois filed the paperwork requesting the rate case with the Illinois Commerce Commission today. The company says it needs the additional revenue to recoup infrastructure investments and cover the rising costs of delivering natural gas.

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4:16 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ruling Helps Ameren's Labadie Coal Ash Landfill Move Forward

This diagram is an excerpt of “figure 1” from Ameren’s “Detailed Site Investigation,” showing the location of the company’s proposed coal ash landfill near Labadie, Mo.
(Ameren Missouri website)

A judge has ruled in favor of an effort to develop a new coal ash landfill in eastern Missouri's Franklin County.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge on Friday rejected claims that the Franklin County Commission acted unlawfully in approving a zoning amendment for the landfill.

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2:34 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators Approve $260M Rate Increase For Ameren

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Updated 4:11 p.m. with approximate breakdown of increase for consumers.

Missouri utility regulators have approved a $260 million rate increase for electric customers of Ameren Missouri.

The rate increase approved Wednesday is intended to cover such things as the utility's rising fuel costs, infrastructure improvements, vegetation trimming and storm repairs.

About $90 million of the rate increase goes toward energy efficiency programs that could ultimately save money for residents and businesses.

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