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Residents worried about groundwater protest outside Ameren HQ

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Residents concerned about their water gathered outside Ameren Headquarters in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday. Credit: KMOV Residents concerned about their water gathered outside Ameren Headquarters in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Residents concerned about their water gathered outside Ameren Headquarters in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday.

The protest was organized by the Sierra Club and featured residents who live around Ameren Missouri’s four regional coal plants.

Protesters say Ameren’s own testing of groundwater revealed arsenic at 25 times the federal Safe Drinking Water Act standard at the plant in Jefferson County, and several times higher at the Meramec Plant in St. Louis and the Labadie plant in Franklin County.

Ameren says the ash ponds have been reviewed by nationally-known toxicologists and engineering firms and says the test results show no impact to human health or the environment nearby.

Ameren officials say they are currently in the process of the trying to close several ash ponds as they switch to more renewable forms of energy.

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