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UNION, MO (KMOX) - Union residents will voice their concerns tonight to the Missouri Public Service Commission on Ameren Missouri’s expansion request for a landfill at its Labadie plant.

Over 500,000 tons of coal waste are produced annually at the Ameren Labadie Power Plant.

“That material is currently being dumped in ponds and now they want to dump it in a landfill right next to the pond that is known to be leaking and that we don’t monitor,” Patricia Schuba with the Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) says. “So we feel that isn’t a safe pollution.”

Schuba says the expansion will push the existing ash ponds, which are on the Missouri River floodway, closer to 100 drinking water wells.

“What happens during the course of a flood is that’s where the swiftest water runs so the most destruction can happen right in that location and this is where they think the best and only place to put their coal waste which has heavy metals in it and carcinogens,” she explained. “Most of the folks that are my neighbors live about three miles from the power plant but there are many folks at about a half-mile to a mile from the location so they’ve been impacted by the emissions from the power plant for 43 years.”

Schuba says until last year, there were no scrubbers or electric static precipitators which remove particulate matter.

“We don’t want to take it anymore and we don’t want a large, permanent pollution site in our drinking water and in our floodplain,” she added.

Tonight’s meeting starts at six o’clock in Building 12 at East Central College in Union.

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