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Governor wants Ameren to donate mountain, railroad

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By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Blunt wants AmerenUE to give the state a mountain and an old railroad as compensation for the Taum Sauk reservoir failure.

The December 14th reservoir break washed out Johnson Shut-Ins state park in southeast Missouri. And Ameren is paying for the park cleanup.

But Blunt says the utility company should also compensate the state for its lost resources, like the forest that is now gone, or the vanished wildlife habitat.

Blunt is suggesting AmerenUE could give the state Church Mountain, which is located near Taum Sauk.

He also says the utility could let the state use a railroad bed, which could allow the Katy Trail State Park to be extended westward to the Kansas City area.

An Ameren spokesman says the utility has no plans at this time to donate the properties.

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