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Franklin Co. Looks at Restrictions on Coal Waste

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UNION, Mo. (KMOX) – Earlier this month KMOX News told you how a massive storage site for coal ash may be a step closer to reality in Franklin County.

County Commissioners are schedule to meet today (Monday) to go over a list of restrictions.

Ameren Missouri has said it’s running out of room to store the byproducts of burning coal and wants to use 400-acres at its Labadie power plant.  Critics of the facility fear it would sit too close to the Missouri River — and endanger water supplies.

County commissioners are considering a draft ordinance for a utility waste landfill with some conditions: 

that no coal ash be transported into the county,

that any facility be above the 100 year flood plain,

that a concrete flood wall be constructed to protect the site,

and that the utility would pay an annual fee of 50-thousand dollars for inspections and groundwater monitoring.  

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