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Ameren UE Wants Foam Banned in Lake of the Ozarks

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Ameren UE wants to reduce foam material that's polluting the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ameren owns the lake and says during a recent clean up, 90% of the 170 tons of trash collected was foam used to float boat docks.

The company wants to allow only foam that is encapsulated, or enclosed in a shell. But a group of dock owners says encapsulated foam is three times more expensive.

The regulations are part of a larger shore-line management plan Ameren will submit in 2006. That's when it renews its 30-year federal license to operate Bagnell Dam and the Osage Power Plant.

Ameren plans to hold a public hearing on the regulations this fall.

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