Associated Press Now Investigating SeMo Reservoir Failure

APRIL 12, 2006 - Posted at 2:41 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - An Associated Press investigation shows that Ameren Corporation has a bonus policy that reward managers for keeping up and running over shutting them down for repairs.

A two-month Associated Press investigation revealed a policy for plant managers that pays out 60 percent of annual operating bonuses for generating profits, meeting budget and keeping plants open.  Twenty percent is given for safety issues like avoiding lost-time accidents.  The remaining 20 percent is tied to pollution control.

The St. Louis-based utility denies the policy played any role in delaying repairs at the company's Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed in December.

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