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Nixon delays suit over reservoir failure

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(KWMU file)
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The water littered Johnson's Shut-Ins State park with boulders, and other debris.

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is delaying a promised lawsuit against the Ameren Corporation.

Nixon said nearly a month ago that he would file criminal or civil charges against the company because of the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse last December. That hasn't happened yet.

A Nixon spokesman says the legal situation has changed, although he declined to elaborate.

Spokesman Scott Holste says Nixon is considering a report on the collapse the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released two weeks ago.

Ameren spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says company attorneys have had several face-to-face meetings with Nixon's staff, but no settlement negotiations are under way.

The reservoir failed on December 14th and sent more than a billion gallons of water rushing through Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park nearby.

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