Ameren Must Pay Record Fine
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, said the damage is worth $15 million. The majority of the money won't pay for the park's needs. Ten million dollars will go directly to the federal government. Five million dollars will go towards restoration projects controlled by the federal government.
In a statement, Gov. Blunt said he is encouraged by Ameren's agreement with the federal government, but "to fully compensate the state of Missouri and its citizens, significantly more will be needed."
Environmentalists agree Ameren has more work to do.
"The Black River restoration, Taum Sauk mountain restoration, and the restoration of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, there are a lot of things that Ameren still needs to do," Midkiff said.
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park is one of the state's most popular parks drawing more than 230,000 visitors in 2005 before the breach. Last week, the park closed for the rest of the year to make further repairs.
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