UNION, Mo. (AP) — Franklin County commissioners could vote as soon as this month on a zoning change that would help Ameren Missouri construct a controversial coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant.

Under a timeline discussed last week, the Franklin County counselor plans to finalize a draft of the zoning amendment by Oct. 21. The commission could vote as soon as Oct. 25.

The amendment lays out requirements for sanitary and utility waste landfills in Franklin County.

Commissioners previously have heard testimony from an environmental organization that is opposed to locating the landfill just feet from the Missouri River.

The St. Louis-based utility says the facility is needed because two existing ash ponds at the plant are filling up.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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