Coal Ash Landfill Another Step Closer to Reality

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Labadie Power Plant (KMOX file photo)

Labadie Power Plant (KMOX file photo)

UNION, Mo. (AP) –  Franklin County commissioners have approved a land use amendment that will allow the utility company Ameren to move forward with plans to develop a 400-acre coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant.

Commissioners on Tuesday approved a land use amendment that allows Ameren to develop the site.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the decision was in spite of persistent challenges from local residents who organized two years ago to oppose the landfill over environmental concerns.

In 2008, a coal ash impoundment in Tennessee failed, creating a disaster that raised interest in coal waste disposal practices.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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