The approximate locations of drinking water wells in Franklin County (shown in red). This map was created for the Labadie Environmental Organization based on Missouri Department of Natural Resources well location data.
Credit Image courtesy of the Labadie Environmental Organization
Hearings begin in Jefferson City Monday morning on a proposed coal ash landfill in Franklin County.
Power company Ameren is seeking the Missouri Public Service Commission’s approval of the new facility to receive waste from its power plant in Labadie.
The utility is running out of room in its existing Labadie storage ponds. Ameren Vice President Warren Wood says the new landfill will be extremely safe, replacing slurry ponds with state-of-the-art dry storage.
According to the EPA, approximately 140,000 tons of ash containing heavy metals and other toxic substances contaminated Jefferson County wetlands, an unnamed tributary to Plattin Creek and a portion of Willers Lake.
Residents of Saint Louis, Franklin County and Jefferson County staged a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Pollution” pageant on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to draw attention to the issue of water contamination from Missouri's coal-fired power plants.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio
Environmental groups are once again urging state officials to require groundwater monitoring at Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in eastern Missouri.
The Sierra Club and Labadie Environmental Organization submitted a letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Thursday asking the state not to allow Ameren to build new coal ash landfills before testing groundwater for contamination.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold another public awareness session Aug. 14. This one will focus on the permitting process for a proposed coal ash landfill at Ameren's Meramec power plant near Arnold, Mo.
The proposed landfill site is located at 8200 Fine Road, approximately 3.6 miles southeast of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 141. Ameren is preparing a detailed site investigation work plan. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Elementary School, 7700 Fine Road in St. Louis.
Representatives of MDNR and Ameren will be available to answer questions.
Last week, we reported that Ameren was conducting limited groundwater testing near its coal-fired power plant in Labadie.
The results of that testing are now posted in a report on the company’s website. According to that report, levels of boron, arsenic, and other contaminants from three sampling wells were all below regulatory health limits.