Memo Reveals More Problems for Ameren at Taum Sauk
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A memo made public this month shows a June fire caused $10 million in damage to Ameren's Taum Sauk hydroelectric project and that the utility failed to report it promptly.
The plant resumed operating in spring 2010, more than four years after a mountaintop reservoir ruptured and flooded a state park.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ameren and Missouri utility regulators are working to settle a complaint stemming from the fire.
The issue is the Public Service Commission didn't learn what had happened until staff visited eight days later.
Rules require Missouri utilities to report within a day "any accident or event at a power plant" that involves property damage in excess of $200,000. Ameren classified the incident as an outage that didn't require immediate notification.
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