Amendments to the U.S. Senate water and energy appropriations bill may limit FERC’s ability to remove structures from the lakefront.
The first amendment, filed by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt yesterday, would direct Ameren to redraw the current boundaries of the lake to reflect the 662 contour using water levels of the past 80 years. Blunt says the amendment would stop FERC from removing structures until Ameren has moved the boundary line. FERC would also not be able to reject applications for structures as long as power generation is preserved.
The second amendment focuses on FERC’s definition of project purpose in the Federal Power Act. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have to recognize private landownership and private land use within the boundary. The definition currently only recognizes public recreational use of land.
Senator Claire McCaskill is co-sponsoring both amendments with Blunt, U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma is a co-sponsor on the second ameendment to the appropriations bill.