News Release 580

Public to have another opportunity to comment on AmerenUE Labadie Plant’s air permit

Volume 38-580 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 8, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on a draft air permit renewal for AmerenUE’s Labadie power plant for Oct. 21 in Labadie.

The purpose of this hearing is to provide an additional opportunity for interested parties to comment on the facility’s draft air permit.

The type of air permit the Labadie power plant currently has, known as a Title V Operating Permit, needs to be renewed every five years. Renewal of these permits on a regular basis allows the department the opportunity to review and make sure air pollution prevention measures are working.

The draft permit includes all air pollution requirements that apply to the Labadie power plant. These requirements include limits on the amount of air pollutants the plant can emit, required air monitoring Ameren will have to do at the plant, record keeping and reporting requirements. This draft permit does not allow any new construction or modifications that will cause emissions to exceed allowable levels.

The permit requirements for the plant are designed to limit emissions of regulated air pollutants, based on applicable state and federal regulations.

The draft permit is located at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/PermitPublicNotices.htm.

The public hearing will start at 7 p.m. at the Labadie Elementary School, 2749 Hwy T in Labadie. 

All comments received during the public hearing will be recorded. Although the hearing is not a question and answer session, department staff will be available before and immediately following the public hearing to answer questions.

On July 1, 2010, the department’s Air Pollution Control Program issued a draft air permit, known as a Part 70 Operating Permit, to Ameren’s Labadie power plant for a 30-day public comment period. During this comment period, the Washington University Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic, on behalf of Sierra Club, requested a public hearing on the permit.

Title V of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments requires all major sources and some minor sources of air pollution to obtain an operating permit. These permits are legally enforceable documents designed to explain what facilities must do to control air pollution.

AmerenUE Labadie Plant is a power plant that converts the energy from coal and other fuels to produce steam that powers electrical generating equipment.

For people requiring special services or accommodations to attend the public hearing, contact the Air Pollution Control Program at 800-361-4827.

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