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 companyâ€™s website. According to that report, levels of boron, arsenic, and other contaminants from three sampling wells were all below regulatory health limits.
Convoys of trucks began arriving Tuesday night at the construction site for the Isle of Capri casino in Cape Girardeau with concrete for the foundation. The Southeast Missourian reports that crews worked for nearly 12 hours, pouring more than 2,100 cubic yards of concrete.
The $125 million Isle of Capri is scheduled to open in late 2012. Features are expected to include three restaurants, a terrace overlooking the river and a 750-seat event center.
Labadie, Mo. is a town about 35 miles from St. Louis that might be described as â€śquaintâ€ť and â€śquiet.â€ť But for the past two years, a controversy between some town residents and Ameren Missouri, an electric company that has a power plant situated in the Missouri River bottoms near Labadie, has sparked a lively local discourse. It concerns the ash thatâ€™s leftover from burning coal at the plant. Johanna Mayer has this report.
Amerenâ€™s plan for a coal waste dump in an eastern Missouri floodwayÂ has moved a step forward.
Ameren operates a power plant along the Missouri River in the Franklin County town of Labadie and dumps coal ash into two ponds. Those ponds are near capacity and Ameren wants to fill the river bottom with coal waste and surround it with a 20-foot-tall levee. Â