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Please see and share what happened to us (LEO) Tuesday night AND about our next PUBLIC HEARING:


See also the article in the eMissourian:


This edition of Saturday Fun comes from a somewhat unusual source, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  While George Will and his straw manAmeren Missouri's proposed landfill along the Missouri River near Labadie commentary does make for the occasional guffaw our featured columnist is St. Louis’ own – Bill McClellan.

The online version of yesterday’s column is entitled Voss for Foss?  Clever but not near as interesting to local folks as the print version which was entitled Ameren’s Credibility Problem.

The company does have a new spokeswoman. Her name is Julie Voss Catron. I do not know her. Neither do you. That’s a problem. She does not have great name recognition. What she does have is connections. Make that singular. Connection. She is the daughter of Thomas Voss, board chairman, chief executive officer and president of Ameren Corp.

She used to work in public relations for Nestlé Purina. Frankly, that is the way things are supposed to be done in Corporate America. If a CEO wants to help his kids — and all parents want to help their kids — he can call another CEO and ask for a favor. It’s like interlocking boards of directors. A CEO doesn’t give himself a raise, his CEO buddies on his board give him a raise. In return, he serves on their boards and gives them raises.

If you run a public company, you don’t hire your kids.

How would you like to be on the search committee when the boss’s daughter applies? You sit around the table, awkwardly discussing the candidates, until Terry Toady says, “You know, I really like the boss’s daughter. My vote goes to her.” Who wants to stand up to that?

By the way, this is not the daughter’s fault. This is on her dad. He made $6,038,282 last year. For that kind of dough, the company ought to be able to expect some judgment. The directors bear some responsibility, too. The outside directors made between $150,603 and $218,735 last year. That’s for part-time work. They’re supposed to provide oversight and judgment.

Instead, they’re happy just to cash their big checks. To heck with the shareholders.

So now the company has nobody to trot out to defend its indefensible plan to locate a coal ash landfill in a flood plain.


Franklin County’s Ameren plant in Labadie was featured in an above the fold, front page of the Business section story in the Sunday Post-Dispatch. Friends, Foes Get Their Say On Coal describes some of the players due to appear in Kansas City today to take part in an EPA “listening tour.”

Be sure to check out the map of which plants emit the most CO2.  Your close.

We have another chance to make statements to the Public Service Commission! Here’s today’s  email notice from PSC:

From: [] On Behalf Of Ochoa, Gregg
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:46 AM
Subject: [Psc-releases] MEDIA ADVISORY — PSC To Hold Local Public Hearing In Washington In Ameren Missouri Case

Missouri Public Service Commission
Governor Office Building
200 Madison Street
PO Box 360
Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0360
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JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Washington on July 10 in a certificate of convenience and necessity case filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri. The local public hearing schedule appears below.

July 10—Washington. Knights of Columbus Hall, Lower Level, 1121 Columbus Lane. The local public hearing will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the taking of testimony from the public.

In January, Ameren Missouri filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity from the Commission to expand the boundaries of its Labadie Energy Center to permit the construction and operation of a utility waste landfill. Ameren Missouri has asked the Commission to approve its application by December 31, 2013, to allow it to begin construction of the landfill in 2014.

The Commission held a local public hearing in this case on June 25, 2013 in Union. Attendance at the hearing was heavy and many interested persons were unable to testify. Therefore, the Commission is scheduling a second local public hearing on July 10 in Washington to give more people an opportunity to testify.

This local public hearing will be held in a facility which meets the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in the local public hearing should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearing.
Case No. EA-2012-0281

BE in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. TODAY!  PLEASE…see below, original email

invitation at end of this post:


I think it would be a good follow up to the June 29 PSC hearing and to keep

Claire’s feet to the fire. She has to have MO contacts to help stop the Labadie travesty

IF she chose.


[ a little jingle I've fantasized about any McCaskill demo we might stage some day:

Claire, Claire

We want clean air.

We won't get out of your hair

Until we get what's fair. ]



Begin forwarded message:


From: “Brendan Fahey – St. Louis Office of Senator Claire McCaskill” <>

Subject: “Kitchen Table Talk” in Franklin County Hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Date: June 24, 2013 3:00:20 PM CDT


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Dear Mr. Klinedinst,

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.govor by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in Union on July 2nd.


Brendan Fahey

Field Representative

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

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It all comes down to this. 

Hello LEO Suppoyrers. It seems our 3 year local fight to stop the coal ash landfill regulations from clearing the way for Ameren is about to hit a landmark date. THIS FRIDAY MORNING A CIRCUIT JUDGE WILL DECIDE IF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSION UTILITY LANDFILL REGULATIONS ARE VALID. Please consider attending.
FranklinCountyCourt-03Franklin County Court Building in which final arguments and likely judgement will be heard.Location:  Corner of Main Street and Church Street – Union, MO 63084
               1 block north of the Franklin County Government Center
               and across the street from Elmer’s BarTime:        9 a.m. on Friday January 11th, 2013
Room:       Judge Schollmeyer’s Court Rm – likely upstairs

Thank you for your support and input as LEO continues to fight the siting of a toxic coal ash landfill in the floodplain of the Missouri River in Franklin County. We have maintained that this material should never be stored in a floodplain and in proximity to drinking water. We will keep you posted on next steps. Even if LEO wins this stage of the legal fight…there will be an appeal to a higher court.If you can, please take this time to donate to LEO’s ongoing legal and political efforts to stop the landfill at the LEO website Larger donations, please contact Patricia at Your previous generosity helped LEO highlight the issues in the media and pay for experts for County hearings and comments to state regulators. Without you, we could not have made the progress that we did on this issue.If you would like to serve as an officer or volunteer, please contact Patricia at prsmail@gmail.comThe LEO Board serves the community as a nonprofit in the State of Missouri. Any questions or suggestions can be directed to Patricia Schuba…and are welcome.

May we all enjoy a safe and prosperous 2013. May justice and sound policy prevail as we enter the next phase of fighting to protect our property, communities and families.

Warm regards,
Patricia Schuba
LEO President of LEO Board of Directors

The Washington Missourian

The Ameren Missouri coal-fired power plant in Labadie is the second worst mercury polluter in the nation, according to a recently study released by Environment Missouri, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

Researchers with the environmental group analyzed new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data in the study, “America’s Biggest Mercury Polluters — How Cleaning Up the Dirtiest Power Plants Will Protect Public Health,” released this week.

The EPA accounts for the emissions in its annual toxics release inventory. That inventory utilizes self- reported data from power plants.

The Labadie power plant produced 1,527 pounds of airborne mercury emissions in 2010, according to the study, second only to the Big Brown Steam Electric Station and Lignite Mine in Fairfield, Texas. That site produced 1,610 pounds last year.

As a whole, Missouri power plants emitted 3,835 pounds of airborne mercury in 2010.

Ameren was responsible for 3,699 pounds as a company.

We didn’t need this study to tell us how big of a polluter Ameren is in Franklin County. Neither did the county commissioners when they recently decided to give Ameren the green light on building a 400-acre coal ash waste dump in the Labadie Bottoms floodplain. The Franklin County Planning & Zoning Dept. had the data all along. It included the following statistics in a power point presentation in May of 2010 in a series of open houses to discuss existing conditions in the county:

Other Pollution:

  • Franklin County ranked #5 in Missouri (2007) for total toxic chemicals disposed of or released
  • 93.7% of toxic chemicals came from Ameren power plant in Labadie
  • Majority is solid waste stored onsite
  • > 1/3 waste comes from air emissions (hydrochloric acid, hydrogen fluoride, sulfuric acid, metal compounds (e.g., mercury)

There are 114 counties in Missouri. Ranking 5th among them for anything is pretty impressive. Presiding Commissioner, John Griesheimer, 1st District Commissioner, Terry Wilson, and 2nd District Commissioner, Ann Schroeder, all had this data at their fingertips and none of them ever brought it up in public. By a vote of 2 to 1 they sided with the 2nd worst emitter of mercury in the nation over the health and well being of the county. This was never a case of not knowing the risks. They knew and they gave Ameren what it wanted anyway. Let’s not forget that.

Had the most unbelievable conversation with 2nd District Commissioner Ann Schroeder at Robller Winery yesterday. She told me the commission’s decision to take up amending the county’s landfill use regulations had nothing to do with Ameren’s interest in building a 400-acre coal ash landfill in Labadie Bottoms. It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the utility’s plans became public at the same time they were deliberating on this issue.

I have no doubt that Schroeder is sincere in her recollection of this timeline. The public record may even show that the land use amendment was on the agenda before reports of Ameren’s plans became public. I don’t know. But if there is no connection between the commission’s actions and Ameren’s proposed landfill then why does the amendment they wrote go to such great lengths to define coal ash waste storage? If the land use regulations have no connection to the landfill project why did Ameren legal have such a huge presence at all of the public hearings on this particular issue? If it’s just a coincidence why did so much of the discussion revolve around how high to build the levy around the very landfill Ameren is coincidentally proposing? And why did Ameren’s lawyers court the two commissioners who eventually ended up voting yes instead of Ann who voted no? It’s a ridiculous assertion. It may have started out not having anything to do with Ameren, but it sure as hell didn’t end that way.

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Click here to view the beautiful Labadie Bottoms in Franklin County. Take a good look because soon Ameren will be destroying this floodplain, alive with wetlands critters, birds, and the magic of nature’s cleansing power.

On Tuesday, three county  commissioners decided to change the planning and zoning regulations to allow a toxic coal ash dump in the Missouri River floodplain. This has been a two-year struggle by well-informed, educated, powerfully professional citizens to stop an incredibly stupid plan by Ameren Missouri.

Ameren is a “power” company in more ways than one. They have absolutely no good arguments for what they want to do.  It’s just the cheapest (for them) and easiest solution to their waste disposal problem. They lied about having done a five-year study looking at alternative sites. When forced to produce such a study, they fumbled all over themselves with excuses. There was no study of alternative sites, and when local citizens gave them suggestions for alternative uses for the coal ash, they didn’t even bother to follow up on those ideas. Neither did the commissioners.

The fix was in from the beginning. (And I include the one “no” vote because that commissioner did nothing publicly to change the outcome. Ann Schroeder passively voted “yes” by her silence.)

I’m bumping up this piece from May 25, 2010. It still blows my mind that the county’s own research shows Ameren is responsible for most of the county’s pollution and here they sit, poised to allow them to pollute us even more. Amazing. It would be different if they were ignorant of the facts. But the commissioners have the information on file down the hall in the Planning and Zoning Department.

On May 17th, 2010 the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Dept. held the first in its series of open houses to discuss existing conditions in the county and to get ideas and concerns from the public. The presentation provided lots of statistics but one section in particular stood out for me. From the PowerPoint presentation we learn …

Other Pollution:

  • Franklin County ranked #5 in Missouri (2007) for total toxic chemicals disposed of or released
  • 93.7% of toxic chemicals came from Ameren power plant in Labadie
  • Majority is solid waste stored onsite
  • > 1/3 waste comes from air emissions (hydrochloric acid, hydrogen fluoride, sulfuric acid, metal compounds (e.g., mercury)

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