State to put 2 proposed air monitors around coal plant

Two additional air monitors are planned to be placed around a Missouri coal-fired power plant to determine if the plant complies with thresholds for an airborne pollutant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Environmental Protection Agency announced new safety standards for sulfur dioxide emissions more than six years ago. But so far residents near Ameren Missouri’s coal-fired Labadie Energy Center haven’t learned if the air there complies with the standard.

In January two additional sulfur dioxide monitors are planned to be installed near the Labadie site. Those monitors, along with two already in operation, will gather three years of data the EPA will use to determine whether Franklin and St. Charles counties exceed limits for sulfur dioxide. The pollutant is linked to respiratory ailments and other health problems.

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