Coal Ash Landfill Opponents Unsure They Had Fair Hearing

Megan Lynch

LABADIE, Mo. (KMOX) – For months, some residents of Franklin County have been consumed with trying to keep a massive landfill for coal ash out of their backyard.

As Commissioners consider zoning changes, opponents aren’t convinced they had fair hearings.

“There have been changes in procedures over time that make it very difficult for people to know how their input is going to be looked at,” says Patricia Schuba with the Labadie Environmental Organization.  “At one point they were allowing e-mailed testimony and written testimony to the commission outside the time of the hearing and then suddenly that abruptly changed,” adds Schuba. “So there were people who then may have submitted information and had no idea if it was in the record or not.”

Over the course of two hearings roughly a hundred people testified.  Commissioners say it will take weeks to deliberate.

Schuba wants it to take longer — until federal officials finalize new rules on how coal ash should be handled.

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