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Environmental group plans to sue Ameren

Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:17 Published in Local News
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.

Some encouraging news regarding the teacher's strike in Mount Olive, Illinois.

The union is planning to return to the bargaining table tonight. Union officials will meet with school board officials at 7 PM. The two sides were not set to sit down until Monday.

Schools in the district have been closed since the strike started on Monday.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - St. Charles County drivers pulled over at several recent safety checkpoints received something other than the usual verbal warnings, traffic citations or even drunk-driving tickets.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that government subcontractors working on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instead asked motorists to voluntarily submit blood and saliva samples in exchange for cash. Two off-duty county sheriff's deputies in marked patrol cars initially flagged down the drivers.
 
The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department now says it will no longer participate in future surveys. Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn acknowledges some motorists may have thought participation was mandatory, though no action was taken against drivers who refused to stop.
 
Impaired drivers were not arrested. Instead, survey takers were supposed to make sure such drivers got home safely.
 

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