Key Report on Coal Waste Landfill to be Released

Megan Lynch

LABADIE, Mo. (KMOX) – KMOX News has been keeping you up-to-date on the controversy surrounding a proposed landfill for coal waste in Franklin County, Missouri. Tonight Ameren presents results of a year-long study to the community.

The utility says it’s running out of room to hold the by-products of burning coal. So it’s proposed to store the coal ash in a solid form — versus the wet ponds causing concern around the country.

Ameren has been studying a site next to its massive Labadie, Missouri power plant along the Missouri River. It’s just one part of the permitting process.

By state law the company has to assess the ability to monitor groundwater; determine whether the area has active geologic faults; and measure whether ground conditions could trigger a catastrophic collapse of any landfill.

Residents have formed a coalition to fight the plan, fearing heavy metals in the ash may leach out and impact water supplies.

The site study will be released tonight (Wednesday, November 17th) at 7 p.m. at Labadie Elementary School on Highway T.

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