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Controversy Surrounds Ameren Coal Ash Landfill

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Proposed coal ash landfill site in Labadie, Mo. on June 18, 2011. (Photo: Patricia Schuba)

Proposed coal ash landfill site in Labadie, Mo. on June 18, 2011. (Photo: Patricia Schuba)

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LABADIE, Mo. (KMOX) – Franklin County is coming under fire for giving the green light on Ameren’s construction of a coal ash landfill in Labadie, Missouri.

The action comes despite the county’s own requirements that the landfill liner be at least two feet above the natural water table, and that a zoning permit must be issued before any activities commence.

Patricia Schuba is President of the Labadie Environmental Organization or LEO, “LEO and the citizens of Labadie are appealing to the Franklin County Zoning Board to stop the county from giving approval to the state to allow Ameren to build the landfill.”

Schuba tells KMOX a public hearing is now setup for February 25th at the Government Center in Franklin County.

“Hopefully the county will uphold their own regulations, which require that this coal ash landfill, the bottom of it, be at least two feet above the water table. Currently, the designs do not show that,” Schuba says.

Calls to Franklin County’s land use administrator have not been returned.

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