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Appeals court pushes Ameren to shut down Rush Island coal-fired plant

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A court ruling this week is pushing Ameren, the region’s largest electric utility, a step closer to a critical decision about its second-largest coal-fired power plant: Install pollution controls for up to $1 billion. Or shut it down long ahead of schedule.

On Tuesday, the Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals denied Ameren’s petition to overturn a 2019 court ruling that ordered its Rush Island Energy Center in Jefferson County to address years of Clean Air Act violations by installing expensive pollution controls.

With the company now facing very limited options, an early Rush Island retirement looks more and more likely — and logical, experts said.

“It seems like the overwhelmingly sensible option from the economic perspective,” said Sanjay Narayan, an attorney for the Sierra Club, which has intervened in the legal dispute. 

[Bryce Gray]

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