Wednesday, February 16, 2011

EPA responses to Blunt criticism

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says the government’s lawsuit against Ameren for Clean Air Act violations is justified.

Last month, the EPA sued Ameren Missouri for violations at its Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County.

Senator Roy Blunt was quick to defend the company, charging the EPA with a campaign to penalize all coal-fired power plants.

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says Ameren made major modifications to its plant without obtaining the necessary permits or adding required pollution controls.

"The government is confident that there were violations of the Clean Air Act and that’s why we initiated the enforcement case against Ameren," Brooks said.

Ameren denies any wrongdoing, saying the modifications were routine maintenance projects that did not increase emissions.

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio


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