Caption: INPUT NOV. 24, 2009---LOOK BACK COLUMN--Smoke rises in December 1945 from the chimneys of Union Electric Co.'s former Cahokia steam-powered generating plant across the Mississippi River from downtown. Many plants and factories still burned coal, and East Side governments hadn't enacted ordinances to restrict the burning of low-grade coal. St. Louis Mayor Aloys P. Kaufmann announced a campaign on Dec. 23, 1945, to urge East Side businesses, railroads and governments to reduce smoke, but politicians were reluctant to hurt Illinois mining interests. The long-dormant Cahokia plant still stands. Union Electric now is part of Ameren. (Lloyd Spainhower/Post-Dispatch)
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