Sierra Club members and Springfield residents last week expressed concern to City Utilities about the planned expansion of a coal ash landfill southwest of Springfield. Two months ago, a similar group addressed those same concerns at a meeting of the Springfield City Council.
The concerns stem from a Department of Natural Resources report, which suggests that groundwater could be contaminated if the landfill is expanded. The DNR has rejected other proposed sites for the landfill in the past, saying the topography could allow ash into the groundwater.
Typically, the DNR has the opportunity to review proposed landfills in the preliminary site investigation, but a bill signed in 2013 allowed City Utilities to proceed straight to the detailed site investigation.