St. Louis County Councilman wants better monitoring of Meramec Coal Plant

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CLAYTON, MO. (KTVI) – St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has sent a letter of concern to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources over Ameren’s Meramec Coal plant in south St. Louis County.

Councilman Stenger wrote the letter in concern for the health of the residents of South St. Louis County, Franklin and Jefferson Counties; in particular the issue of water quality and sulfur dioxide emitted from the plant.

Stenger further raised the issue of heavy metals that may leach into the groundwater supply and their potential risk to neurological  human health and lung issues associated with dioxide emissions.

At Tuesday night’s county council meeting, the Ameren Meramec Coal plant will come up in the comments portion of the meeting, as advocates of clean air and water will deliver over 1,200 petitions, calling for the council to address the potential risk associated with coal ash pits at coal fired electricity generation plants.

The county council meeting is at 6:00 pm in the county council chambers in Clayton at 41 South Central Ave, Clayton, MO 63105, 1st Floor.

Councilman Steve Stenger letter to the DNR

Ameren Statement:

Ameren Missouri’s Energy Centers meet, and in fact are operating well below, all federal and state regulations, which is one reason the air in the metro St. Louis area is better now than at any time in history. Ameren Missouri’s generating fleet operates more than 75 percent below current allowable emission levels that are fully protective of human health and meets regulatory limits by a wide margin, including the Meramec Energy Center, where we’ve invested millions of dollars in environmental control technology.

Local drinking water also is safe. We expect a renewed water quality permit for the Meramec energy center to be issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the coming months. We fully anticipate that groundwater monitoring will be part of the guidelines that will accompany the permit and we will fully comply with all requirements.

An important reason why Ameren Missouri operates below emission control requirements is its low-sulfur coal strategy. We are the largest user of ultra-low-sulfur coal in the nation. Furthermore, we have invested more than $1 billion in emissions-control technology where needed while achieving the lowest electric rates of any investor-owned utility in Missouri.