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Hearing Held over Labadie Power Plant Expansion

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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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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Should Ameren be able to expand its Labadie Power Plant grounds to include a coal ash landfill?

That’s the question Missouri energy officials are seeking to answer at a 3-day hearing starting today.

The Missouri Public Service Commission and the Office of Public Council will be the chief agencies at the meeting, but the Sierra Club and other environmental groups are slated to speak.

Public Service Commission Spokesman Kevin Kelly says this isn’t the final O.K. on the project—the commission will only grant a permit to expand, not to actually begin construction. The Department of Natural Resources has to grant the permit for the landfill.

“Their application seeks a certificate of convenience and necessity to expand their boundaries at their Labadie energy center in Franklin County, in order that they can construct and operate a utility waste landfill,” he says.

He says the hearing won’t conclude with a verdictthe commission will release its report and decision this summer.

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public forum in April about the permit to begin construction.

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