AmerenUE Creates Special Web Site to Update Public on Johnson's Shut-Ins, Taum Sauk Area Restoration Work

Feb 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from AmerenUE

    ST. LOUIS, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AmerenUE has created a special Web site
 to help the public stay up-to-date on the restoration of Johnson's Shut-Ins
 State Park and other areas affected by the Dec. 14 failure of the Taum Sauk
 Hydroelectric Plant's upper reservoir.
     The Web site can be accessed directly at .
     Featured on the site is a link titled "Community Bulletin Board," with
 announcements of public meetings and other communications; photos of the work
 in progress, including pictures of the lower reservoir before and after the
 Jan. 25-27 application of materials to clear the water; general background on
 the plant and the Dec. 14 breach; and links to other helpful sites, including
 the Web sites of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Federal
 Energy Regulatory Commission.
     The Ameren restoration Web site also allows visitors to register to
 receive e-mail notifications whenever new material is added.
     "This Web site is just another channel to keep the public in the local
 area updated on the work we are doing to help restore the park and protect
 their business interests," says Ameren Chairman, President and Chief Executive
 Officer Gary Rainwater. "It will also allow us to reach people outside the
 area who want to know the status of the park's restoration."
     "We are grateful for the community's support, patience and understanding
 as the restoration process continues," says Rainwater. "We want to get the job
 done quickly as possible, but we also want to do it right."
     On Dec. 14 the AmerenUE Taum Sauk Plant experienced a breach in the upper
 reservoir that caused flooding in the Johnson's Shut-Ins and resulted in the
 closing of one road.  The plant's 1.5-billion-gallon upper reservoir
 experienced a rupture in the northwest corner causing water to flow downward.
 The company implemented its emergency plan and assembled a multi-disciplinary
 team of experts, company officials and consultants to analyze the event and
 determine next steps.
     Built in 1963, AmerenUE's Taum Sauk is a "pumped-storage" hydroelectric
 plant.  It stores water from the Black River in the upper reservoir, built
 atop 1,590-foot-high Proffit Mountain, and releases the water to generate
 electricity when power is needed.  The plant employs 12. The water flows down
 a mile-long tunnel inside the mountain, turning turbine-generators to produce
 electricity.  When power demand is low, the same turbines run in reverse to
 pump water back to the upper reservoir.
     AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation.  Ameren
 companies serve 2.3 million electric customers and 900,000 natural gas
 customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.