Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:10
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A national environmental group is suing a St. Louis-based utility, claiming thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.
The Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against the Ameren Corporation Wednesday in St. Louis. The complaint seeks to compel Ameren to reduce pollution at three Missouri power plants and asks the court to levy financial penalties for past violations.
The lawsuit says Ameren's own testing shows nearly 10,000 violations since 2009 at the utility's Meramec power plant in St. Louis County, the Rush Island plant in Jefferson County, and the Labadie (LA-buh-dee) plant in Franklin County.
Ameren's vice president of environmental services, Mike Menne, says the suit has no merit. He says a federal court in Texas recently rejected a similar case filed by the Sierra Club.
Friday, 03 January 2014 03:39
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Sierra Club is asking an Illinois appeals court to overturn a state board's ruling that allows Dynegy Inc. more time to install soot controls on five coal-fired power plants it recently acquired from Ameren Corp.
The appeal was recorded yesterday by the 4th District Appellate Court. It seeks reversal of the Pollution Control Board's November decision to give Dynegy until 2020 to install state-required controls on sulfur dioxide emissions.
The board agreed 3-1 that requiring significant pollution controls on the plants by 2015 would be a financial hardship.
Holly Bender is deputy director for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. She says the board's ruling went against the evidence and sets a "dangerous precedent."
Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan says the variance is more stringent than one granted to Ameren.
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:11
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the pollution controls planned for the FutureGen clean-coal project.
The environmental group argues In the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Springfield that the project needs to meet tougher standards for preventing the release of pollutants into the air.
Jack Darin is director of the Sierra Club's Illinois chapter. He told Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau that the group remains skeptical that the project's promise of clean coal is possible.
The $1.3 billion project intends to use primarily federal funds to refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. Carbon dioxide from the coal used at the plant would be pumped underground and stored.
The FutureGen Alliance said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:17
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An environmental group says it plans to soon sue utility provider Ameren over what it calls repeated violations of federal air pollution standards.
The Sierra Club told Ameren Corp. it plans legal action in the next 60 days over what the group says are nearly 10,000 violations of the Clean Air Act since 2008 at coal-fired power plants in St. Louis, Jefferson and Franklin counties
The alleged violations involve the amount of soot released from smokestacks at the Meramec, Labadie and Rush Island plants.
A company official says Ameren follows EPA air pollution standards and that the excessive releases cited by the Sierra Club "occur infrequently."
Environmental groups have filed similar lawsuits in other states, including Illinois. The 60-day notice is required under federal law to allow for possible negotiations.