Congressman Luetkemeyer seeks answers from EPA on the future of Chamois Power Plant
Concerned about the impact that the closure of the Central Electric Power Cooperative power plant in Chamois would have on employees and local communities, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) has written a letter to top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency. He asked EPA not to impose crippling regulations on the facility and questioning the methods used to create and justify those regulations.
The 60-year-old power plant is facing an EPA requirement to have a new 300-foot stack built at the plant by 2018. Central Electric Power Cooperative, which owns the coal-fired plant, has reported that would cost $8 million.
Luetkemeyer met with local residents and officials last week in Chamois to discuss the issue. He said in his letter dated January 30 to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe that harsh EPA regulations and the costs associated with them would put people out of work and eliminate a low-cost source of electricity to people and businesses in central Missouri.