Environmental Groups Criticize Plans to Rebuild Taum Sauk

ST. LOUIS, MO - Environmental regulators and activists are criticizing parts of Ameren Corporation's plan to rebuild the Taum Sauk reservoir.

The groups submitted their criticisms to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission while the agency is deciding whether to let Ameren rebuild the mountaintop reservoir in rural southeast Missouri.

Ameren spokesman Tim Fox says the utility has drawn up a rebuilding plan that emphasizes safety for the environment and nearby residents.

The Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources says that among other things, Ameren must ensure it releases enough water from the reservoir to support nearby wildlife.

The FERC is considering the comments and does not have a firm deadline for ruling on Ameren's proposal.

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