Important Vote on Coal Waste Near Missouri River Expected This Week

CBS St. Louis

Labadie, Mo. (KMOX) – The years-long battle over how to handle coal ash from a Labadie, Missouri power plant could see another important vote this week.

Ameren’s plan to build a storage facility for the tons of waste generated by burning coal has been the subject of hours of debate and numerous lawsuits — some of those still pending.  Residents argue storing the potentially toxic coal ash so close to the Missouri river could put the environment at risk.   At the same time the company has promised a state of the art landfill with built-in protections.
Tuesday, Franklin County Commissioners could make a final decision on new zoning regulations they say are meant to address major concerns.
What’s being considered are changes that would bring county code for the depth of the facility higher to match state standards.  The proposal also includes new language banning the utility from bringing waste to Labadie from other sites.  Plus…

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