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United States v. Ameren Missouri

ELR Citation: 49 ELR 20163
Nos. 4:11 CV 77 RWS, (E.D. Mo., 09/30/2019) (Sippel, J.)

A district court ordered an electric utility company to obtain a PSD permit to address CAA violations at its coal-fired power plant in Festus, Missouri. EPA argued that the company increased the risk of negative health impacts and premature deaths by releasing excess tons of sulfur dioxide from its plant after failing to apply for a permit. The court found that the excess emissions contributed to harmful fine particulate matter levels across much of the eastern U.S., and ordered the company to obtain a permit for the plant with emission limitations based on wet flue gas desulfurization control technology, and to install pollution control technology at a neighboring plant in Labadie, Missouri, to reduce emissions commensurate with the excess emissions released by the Festus plant.