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Decision on Coal Ash Landfill May Take Weeks

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LABADIE, Mo. (KMOX) - Vocal opponents of a proposed coal ash landfill near the Missouri River have likely had their last chance to speak out at a hearing earlier this week.

Now it’s up to the County to decide whether it will change laws to make it happen.

The Labadie Power Plant in Franklin County generates tons of waste from burning coal.  Ameren Missouri says it’s running out of room and wants to build a 400 acre landfill to hold it.  Opponents fear the possibility dangerous heavy metals could leach into water supplies.

In public hearings, the county excluded testimony about Ameren’s specific plan, but did take input on coal waste landfills in general.  The County’s Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer says he heard a lot of people say they don’t want the ash stored in the county and others who say they’re worried about the risks of transporting it out in trucks over rural roads.

“We’ve heard a lot of testimony about how bad the substance is, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of solutions on what to do with it, what another option is on where it should go,” says Griesheimer.

Griesheimer says it will likely take weeks for the commission to reach a decision.

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