Missouri’s senior senator says that, one way or another, owners of 4,000properties at the Lake of the Ozarks threatened by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisison will not lose them..

FERC’s shorline management plan requires AmerenUE to remove those structures that are within the boundaries of the lake project. FERC lets Ameren regulate structures around the lake and within project boundaries below the dam so that they don’t become environmental hazards or obstacles to navigation and power plant operations.

AmerenUE says the structures meet those standards.

Senator McCaskill, who says the order is “ridiculous” and has been issued by “idiots” has been joined by Senator Blunt and members of the House delegation is backing legislation that will protect those property owners.

FERC will be announcing soon whether it will re-draw its maps. McCaskill says if it doens’t, the legislation will be added to appropriations bills to do what FERC won’t.

Sen. McCaskill comments on plan 3:54 mp3