Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio & The Beacon
The Sierra Club's Andy Knott speaks at a rally on Thursday in front of a 15-foot tall inflatable inhaler in Keiner Plaza.
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Ameren's 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Missouri, is the state's largest coal-fired power plant.
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Andy Knott uses an "opacity" scale to illustrate the disparity between acceptable emissions levels and those considered harmful. The darker squares represent increasing particulate matter in smokestack emissions.
The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.
In a Notice of Intent to Sue delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.
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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.