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UNION, Mo. (KMOX) - Franklin County officials take action that could pave the way for a coal waste landfill near the Missouri River.

The Labadie Environmental Organization — known as LEO — wanted more experts to chime in on possible risks of storing tons of coal ash near the Labadie Power Plant. LEO was requesting County planners put together an advisory panel to study an Ameren Corporation proposal.

This week the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Franklin County allow permits for such a facility.

“It’s a major change in our code, in our philosophy of how we use land,” insists LEO’s Patricia Schuba. The group is vowing to fight passage of the change by the county council. “It’s our role now moving forward to absolutely convince the county commissioners that this is not the right thing to adopt.”

Ameren says its running out of room to hold the by-products of burning coal to meet the power demands of the region. The company says any ash landfill would have multiple environmental safeguards to protect groundwater.

The heavy metals contained in coal ash have been linked by some studies to severe health impacts.

Click here to link to a fact sheet on the Labadie proposal

Click here for a link to Ameren

Click here for a link to the Labadie Environmental Organization

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