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Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren's Labadie plant named a top greenhouse-gas emitter by EPA

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Ameren’s coal-fired power plant in Labadie is among the top ten greenhouse gas emitters in the country. That’s according to data released today [on Wednesday] by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Véronique LaCapra reports, from St. Louis.

The data set gives 2010 emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases from power plants, oil refineries, and other large industrial sources. Ameren's Labadie plant tops the list of greenhouse gas emitters in Missouri, with more than 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide released.

The top Illinois emitter is Dynegy's Baldwin Energy Complex, about 35 miles southeast of St. Louis. In 2010, that power plant emitted close to 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses. The EPA data set does not include emissions from agriculture, land use, or smaller industrial sources. The public can use the EPA's online tool to search for greenhouse gas emitters by location and facility.

See the EPA's data here: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgdata/