ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Ameren Corporation is facing a new lawsuit today from the Sierra Club, which claims the utlities’ three area coal-fired power plants are poisoning the region.
Patricia Schuba contends that pollution from one of the plants has contributed to health problems experienced by her and others living nearby.
“Ameren should be ashamed, as should our state agencies that are tasked with protecting our health,” she says.
Retired doctor John Kissel says he supports the suit because he has seen the health problems caused by the plants. He’s calling on Ameren to wean itself off of coal.
“All around the country, utilities are ridding themselves of their addiction to dirty coal and are moving forward to a clean energy future,” he says. “The question is: why not Ameren?”
The Club says Ameren has self-reported 8,000 Clean Air Act violations in the last five years.
Ameren says the suit has no merit, and that last year the plants only exceeded limits .1 percent of the time. It also points to a recent similar suit in Texas that was dismissed.
The Sierra Club’s Andy Knott hopes the suit prompts Ameren to move away from coal.
“When is Ameren going to wake up and start being a leader in creating a 21st century clean energy economy?” he asks.