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Missouri could sue Ameren UE over reservoir break

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Taum Sauk reservoir.

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt wants Attorney General Jay Nixon to bring civil or criminal charges against Ameren-U-E in the collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Part of the retaining wall around the hilltop reservoir gave way December 14th, sending millions of gallons of water pouring down to the southeast Missouri countryside below.

The governor said Monday his request is based on results of an investigation by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He directed the agency to turn over the findings to Nixon's office tomorrow.

After that, Blunt wants the attorney general to file charges against the utility.

Ameren-U-E calls Blunt's request a surprise. In a statement, the utility says it has been cooperating with the investigation and has taken responsibility for the collapse.

The company says it is confident no criminal liability will be found.

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