"Residents Urge DNR to Deny Coal Ash Landfill Permit"

"The Missouri Department of Natural Resources should deny a construction permit for a proposed Ameren coal ash landfill in Labadie, residents said Tuesday.

Opponents raised concerns about groundwater contamination during a public hearing, which drew about 100 people to the Washington Knights of Columbus Hall.

But Ameren officials vow that the 166-acre landfill would be safe, and the company wants to start construction this summer.

Storing “toxic waste” in a floodplain and floodway of the Missouri River is “plain wrong,” said Petra Haynes, an officer with the Labadie Environmental Organization."

Josh Mitchell reports for the Columbia Missourian April 12, 2014.

Monday, April 14, 2014