News Releases

March 3, 2008, Press Release.  Missouri Cooperative Abandons New Coal Plant In Favor of Clean Energy Associated Electric will pursue wind, energy efficiency and clean-burning natural gas instead of planned coal plant near Norbonne.

Feb. 7, 2008, Press Release
Sierra Club urges regulators to consider carbon investment riskThe proposed Norborne, Mo. conventional coal-fired power plant should be rejected in favor of cost-effective clean-energy alternatives to protect ratepayers and taxpayers.

November 13, 2007  Missouri Can Do Better Than Coal. Coalition of citizen, health, religious, labor, energy and environmental groups unite to oppose yet another dirty coal-burning power plant in Missouri and to support Missouri’s Clean Energy Future

September 20, 2007 Less Auto-Dependent Development Is Key to Mitigating Climate Change but Missouri’s Growth Patterns are Fueling Increases in Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Missouri has highest Vehicle Miles per driver in nation, increasing 102% since 1980.

March 20, 2007 Environmental, Community Groups Announce Important Energy Agreement with Major Utility. Sierra Club, Kansas City Power & Light and Concerned Citizens of Platte County put forward agreement to reduce emissions, spur clean energy development

Feb 27,2007 Citizens win in coal power plant battle MO Appellate Court Rebuffs KCP&L’s Attempt to Deny Public  Participation in Rate-Hike Decision. The Sierra Club and Concerned Citizens of Platte County declare a huge victory in their fight against a new coal-burning power plant to be located north of Kansas City, Missouri.

Feb. 8, 2007 Bush Once Again Proposes to Sell National Forest Lands  Hidden deep within President Bush’s FY08 Budget submittal to Congress was a proposal to raise funds to assist rural school districts by selling National Forest Lands.

December 26,  2006 Clean Water Commission illegal – Blunt has appointed 3 Republicans despite state law. “It is clear that the political makeup of the Clean Water Commission does not comply with state law."

November 17,  2006 Sierra Club files for KCP&L shareholder resolution The Sierra Club filed a shareholder resolution late Thursday calling on Great Plains Energy, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light, to analyze and report to the shareholders on the financial impact a tax on carbon dioxide emissions will have on the company.

October 1, 2006 Sierra Club moves to STOP KCP&L from constructing Iatan II. Requests “STAY” from the Administrative Hearing Commission

August 25, 2006 SIERRA CLUB vs KCP&L. In a big win for the Sierra Club and Kansas City Area residents, Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission issued an order today denying KCPL’s motion to dismiss and ordered KCPL to provide discovery documents requested by Sierra Club concerning Iatan I operations.

August 24, 2006 CU Permit Errors and Future Pollution Levels Prompt Sierra Club Appeal Today the Sierra Club appealed a judge’s recent ruling on City Utilities permits for its proposed Southwest II coal-fired power plant, arguing that there have been numerous, substantive errors in the permitting of the facility. 

June 21,  2006 Sierra Club decries failure of the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act Jacks Fork river excavation was illegal

April 4, 2006 Sierra Club threatens to sue USEPA. Mo. DNR Failed To Submit Required Lists Of Impaired Waters. "This is a key component of the Clean Water Act," stated Ken Midkiff.

March 2, 2006 Sierra Club challenges KCPL dirty air permit, Cleaner Options Available, Group Explains. The Missouri Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club announced today it will challenge the permit issued to Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL) to build an 850 megawatt coal-fired power plant – known as Iatan II – 30 miles northwest of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

February 14, 2006 What did the Forest Service know and when did they know it? In December of 2005, the Forest Plan was released for the Mark Twain National Forest. This plan is a document that determines how the Forest Service manages the public lands of the Mark Twain National Forest. The Forest Service received over 7000 comments on the draft Plan.

February 14,  2006 Another attempt to take away local control In yet another attempt to take away local control, Missouri State Senator David Klindt (R-12) has introduced a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would remove from county commissioners the ability to pass any ordinances pertaining to the use or storage of agriculture seeds.

February 8,  2006 Tell KCPL NO Rally - February 8 -  to focus on mercury One in five women tested nationwide has unsafe mercury levels. The final results of large mercury testing project puts spotlight on KCPL’s plans for new coal-burning power plant.

January 31, 2006 Sierra Club considers challenge to KCPL’s newest permit Calls for full investigation into KCPL’s apparent violation of its operating permit for Iatan I.

January 19,  2006 Family Farmers and Rural Citizens win victory on Local Control! Public outcry by Missouri family farmers and rural citizens opposed to attempts by the legislature to limit local control to restrict polluting factory farms achieved success this week.

January 9,  2006 Missouri Sierra Club Files Appeal on Decision by Air Conservation Commission to approve Springfield Utilities Air Pollution Permit The Sierra Club is appealing the state’s approval of the coal plant because it did not require the City to use modern pollution controls that are already being used in other states.

January 5, 2006 Sierra Club applauds Illinois Governor for protecting public health from mercury pollution
Missouri Sierra Club Calls on Governor Blunt to Follow Example.

December 29, 2005
Missourians Could be Saddled with Unneeded Power Plants
Sierra Club Questions Expanding the Electricity Supply, Calls for Conservation
“We hope that Governor Blunt’s new Missouri Energy Task Force will look carefully at all costs and benefits of various energy sources”, said Carla Klein, Ozark Chapter Director.

December 27, 2005 Sierra Club calls dam failure "Catastrophic"
Requests investigation by an independent, bi-partisan panel. Noting that the Upper Taum Sauk Reservoir dam belonged to AmerenUE and was constructed and maintained by AmerenUE, the Ozark (MO) Chapter of the Sierra Club asserts that AmerenUE should accept all responsibility for hardships caused by failure of the dam and that the costs for damages and cleanup should not be passed on to consumers through rate hikes.

December 8,  2005 Missouri Sierra Club Responds to Decision on Springfield Utilities  The Sierra Club, speaking on behalf of the community, testified that the construction permit granted to City Utilities for the construction of a new coal-burning power plant does not employ the best available technology.

October 25, 2005. Sierra Club and Coalition  request impaired waters list Yesterday, two Missouri environmental/conservation organizations formally requested that the EPA compile and establish a listing of Impaired Waterbodies for  Missouri, complying with the Clean Water Act. 

September 22, 2005
Sierra Club marks World River Day with report on rivers explored by Lewis and Clark
Sierra Club today released a report on the threats to the two main rivers navigated by Lewis and Clark two hundred years ago—the Columbia and the Missouri. The report comes out as people around the globe are preparing to celebrate World River Day on September 25.

August 22, 2005
Sierra Club objects to MDNR's "attitude change" The environmental laws are real and violations cause human health problems. It appears that Doyle Childers intends to coddle lawbreakers and harm human health. He is more inclined to protect polluters, than to prevent pollution...

July 29, 2005
Coalition Opposes Anti-Local Control Legislation
The Public Service Commission has decided in favor of the high-cost, high pollution option desired by KCP&L’s high-paid managers, instead of choosing a lower cost, cleaner, healthier course.

July 7, 2005
SWIMMING IN YOUR TOILET… The Missouri Department has selected streams to be studied in order that sewage with unhealthy levels of bacteria can continue to be dumped into them....

June 1,2005
Kansas & Oklahoma residents who rejected MOARK’s proposed egg factories are alerted that they may still wind up getting MOARK’s wastes.

May 26, 2005
MO Pickup Truck Drivers to Detroit: “Build Pickups That Use Less Gas!”
  Missouri pickup truck drivers would have saved over $387 million at the gas pump last year and cut global warming pollution by over 3.2 million tons if U.S. automakers had used existing technology to improve the fuel economy of pickups, according to a report released by the Sierra Club today.

May 11th, 2005   
Victory for Family Farmers, Clean Air and Clean Water!
Grassroots organizing captured the day at the Missouri legislature on Tuesday when HCS SB 187 was narrowly defeated in the House.

May 3, 2005
Community Groups Challenge KCP&L
To Choose Lower Cost, Healthier Option at Annual Meeting The Sierra Club, Burroughs Audubon Society, and Concerned Citizens of Platte County today urged Kansas City Power & Light at its shareholder meeting to turn away from the expensive, unhealthy path of building huge new power plants

May 3, 2005
Coalition Opposes Anti-Local Control Legislation
Today, a coalition of family farmers, county commissioners and environmental organizations announced their continued opposition to HCS SB 187.

March 29, 2005
SIERRA CLUB Slams Backroom Deal
Between KCPL, Office of Public Counsel and PSC Staff 

March 1. 2005
Still Polluting After All These Years

Dec. 16, 2004
Polluters Attempt To Rewrite Missouri Environmental Laws The assertions made by Associated Industries of Missouri in a press release dated December 15, 2004 that Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has worked to the detriment of the state and does not contribute to an improved environment are ridiculous and completely self-serving!

Oct. 19, 2004
Missouri Environment and Labor Leaders Launch Blue-Green Alliance

New coalition calls for protecting the environment while promoting economic growth and family wage jobs.

Oct. 12, 2004
Report: Clean Energy Policies Would Create 30,250 New Jobs in Missouri
Sierra Club, Steelworkers Ask Why Bush Administration Rejects Clean Energy Policies and the Jobs They Create?

Oct. 5, 2004
Conservation organizations announce $3M settlement with Holcim
Funds will go for land preservation and air quality projects in Illinois and Missouri St. Louis, Mo. 

Sept. 27, 2004
Sierra Club Announces Opposition to Amendment 3

Sept. 22, 2004
Sierra Club responds to Bush administration's 2003 status report on air pollution

August 31, 2004
Sierra Club Conservation Chair files complaint on land reclamation director

Aug. 24, 2004
Fish Mercury Advisories
60% increase in river miles since 2002

August 4, 2004
Sierra Club Applauds Introduction of Ford's Hybrid Escape

July 7, 2004
Conservation Groups Appeal Holcim Air Permit St. Louis, Mo.

July 7, 2004
Holden’s Veto Saves Family Farmers

March 30, 2004

Feb. 23, 2004

Feb. 9, 2004
Corporate Agriculture Taking Over Missouri

Feb. 9, 2004
Holden administration caves in to influential developers in Columbia

Dec. 18, 2003
Southwest Missouri citizens for clean energy oppose CU plan to burn more dirty coal
Burning coal to generate electricity has serious public health and environmental consequences

Dec. 16, 2003
Bush administration's mercury proposal contradicts prior EPA/FDA joint fish warnings

Dec. 10, 2003
Bush administration leans on Food and Drug Administration to downplay dangers of mercury

Nov.23, 2003
Sierra Club files suit over construction of levee at Jefferson City

Monday, August 18, 2003
Sierra Club ask EPA to take over 303d list in Missouri

August 6, 2003
Sierra Club and other environmental groups file suit against Corps of Engineers on Holcim pemit

July 10, 2003
Governor Holden Vetos Disastrous Bill for Family Farms

May 1, 2003
237 waterbodies on 303d list.

Oct. 23, 2002 
Talent's Answers on Environment Questioned:  Sierra Club offers debate questions for the candidates

September 26, 2002
Communities at Risk - Sierra Club Profiles 25 communities left at risk. - Ken Midkiff

September 26, 2002
Communities at Risk - Chapter director release

July 26, 2002
Sierra Club says NO to Prop B 

April 19, 2002
Sierra Club praises Senator Carnahan for protecting Arctic Refuge, condemns Senator Bond.

April 2, 2002
Doe Run Cleaning up its mess? - press release

Nov. 28, 2001

Ron McLinden joined with representatives of the Missouri League of Women
Voters and the Coalition for the Environment in writing an op-ed on Governor Holden's recent decision not to issue an executive order on smart growth. The order would have created a task force on "growth and investment." News of the pending order had sparked strong opposition from suburban jurisdictions, especially in St. Charles County. The op-ed was published in the Kansas City Star on November 28, and has been submitted to other newspapers as well.

August 30, 2001 
Taum Sauk Coalition lauds decision to abandon pumped storage plant 
The Taum Sauk Coalition, an ad hoc coalition of conservation and civic groups organized to protect the natural and cultural heritage values of the Taum Sauk area, enthusiastically lauds the Ameren Development Company’s decision to abandon plans for a pumped storage plant on Church Mountain and Taum Sauk Creek. The company announced yesterday it was withdrawing its requests for permits and ceasing all efforts to build the facility...

Aug. 2, 2001
Tougher fuel standards law for autos fails.

US House votes oil exploration in Arctic.

Missouri congressmen ignore the interests of the environment.

March 29, 01

Radio Ads Turn Up Heat on Congress for President's Irresponsible
Environmental Policies

Washington, DC: The Sierra Club today launched targeted radio ads aimed at
encouraging influential members of Congress to press President Bush over
his recent irresponsible attacks on the environment. 

Issued Aug. 3, 2000
Sierra Club endorses Sandra Reeves
for US Congress 6th district

Issued January 20, 2000
Press Release
Sierra Club Challenges Premium Standard Farms

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Issued November 12, 1997
Media Advisory