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Impacted businesses ask to join state's lawsuit against Ameren

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A dozen businesses that say they have lost income because of the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse are asking to join the state's lawsuit against Ameren.

A lawyer representing them says inns, shops and restaurants lost business after widespread damage to the Johnson's Shut-Ins state park.

They want to be at the table, if Ameren attorneys sit down for settlement talks with Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.

The businesses filed their own lawsuit last year against Ameren. Ameren has said it has invested more than $20 million toward restoring the park and improving water quality in the Black River.

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