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AmerenUE Receives Prestigious Award From United States Environmental Protection Agency
'Partnership' Award Recognizes UE and Charah, Inc. for Concrete Plant

ST. LOUIS, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AmerenUE has received a special recognition award in the category of "Partnership" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) program.

The award recognizes a concrete packaging facility at UE's Labadie Plant. The unique facility -- the result of a partnership between AmerenUE and Charah®, Inc. of Louisville, Ky. -- recycles more than 60,000 tons of fly and bottom ash annually into two million bags of high-quality concrete mix.

The concrete mix is packaged onsite in fully recyclable two-handled plastic bags from Charah. It is then distributed to home improvement stores throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

C2P2 is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Coal Ash Association, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and the Electric Power Research Institute. Its goal is to help promote the beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCPs) and the environmental benefits that result from their use.

Each year C2P2 presents awards to its members in the categories of Innovation, Enhanced Coal Combustion Product Utilization, Communication/Outreach, Partnership, Environmental Achievement, Research, Overall Achievement, and Lifetime Achievement.

UE and Charah are both charter members of C2P2. In April 2005, Charah was awarded C2P2's first-place award for Innovation for its outstanding achievements in increasing the amount of CCPs beneficially used. This is UE's first award from C2P2.

"It's very gratifying to be recognized by a national organization like C2P2," said UE General Executive of Coal and Ash Operations Bret Brown, who accepted the award at the award ceremony in Alexandria, VA. "However, we are even more excited that the U.S. EPA and C2P2 identified this project that is reducing the overall cost of generating electricity, saving valuable landfill space and helping the environment. Hopefully this will encourage other companies to seek out similar partnerships."

"We are committed to providing our partners the highest quality products that offer innovative, environmentally conscious solutions," added Charles Price, president and CEO of Charah. "By using our expertise to manage ash materials, Charah allows our customers, like AmerenUE, to fully concentrate on their primary responsibility of producing electricity."

About the Companies

AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

Charah®, Inc. is a leading ash management provider for the coal-fired electric utility industry. Based in Louisville, KY, Charah provides a complete line of ash management services, including landfill management and operations, bottom ash processing and marketing, structural fill applications, beneficial use, ash pond management and Integrated Gasification Combine Cycle (IGCC) slag beneficiation. For more information, please visit http://www.charah.com/.


CONTACT: Tim Fox of AmerenUE, +1-314-554-3120; or Charles Price of
Charah, Inc., +1-502-245-1353

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/