Hearing on Ameren’s Coal Ash Landfill Postponed Again

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

LABADIE, Mo. (KMOX) – A hearing on a proposed coal-ash landfill in Franklin County set for this evening has been postponed.

It’s unclear whether officials realized at the time that today is Earth Day.

Environmentalists are screaming foul over Ameren Missouri’s plans to construct the ash-pit at its Labadie facility, saying that it doesn’t meet county regulations.

They fear the hazardous waste will leech into the groundwater, posing a health threat to area residents. They claim county officials have erroneously determined that a plastic liner meant to contain the coal ash would be at least 2 feet above the natural water table, as required.

The issue goes before the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Board at 6:00 p.m. in Union.

The meeting is scheduled to go on despite the fact that two members of the zoning board have recused themselvesone due to his employment with Ameren, and another because he owns land near the Labadie plant and stands to profit if the landfill is approved.

UPDATE [11:50 a.m.]: The Labadie Coal Ash Landfill hearing has been postponed again. A new date has not yet been set.

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