Ameren Opens Hearing Over Waste Storage Plan

Courtesy of Ameren
Courtesy of Ameren

The Public Service Commission has started hearings on Ameren Missouri’s proposal to truck coal ash from its Labadie power plant to a remote landfill, which would cost the utility $100 million more than keeping it nearby. Critics worry Ameren’s preferred site invites an environmental catastrophe that could cost a lot more.

The site next to the Franklin County plant is in the Missouri River floodplain, and while Ameren says it will build a berm to withstand a 500-year flood, environmentalists worry that an unprecedented flood event could overwhelm any man-made defense. Ameren’s attorney argued that environmental concerns should be handled by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which is already reviewing the company’s application for a construction permit.

Opposing parties in the case — the Sierra Club and the Labadie Environmental Organization, a local group — argue that the PSC should take environmental factors into account because costs from remediating contaminated groundwater or the river could ultimately hit ratepayers.

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