Electric prices may go up if Ameren does not get permission to build a new landfill.
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Electric prices may go up if Ameren does not get permission to build a new landfill.

Date: March 31, 2014
By: Jeffrey Militzer
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's Public Service Commission had their first set of hearings on where to dump its coal ash.
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Wrap: Ameren Missouri wants permission to build a coal-waste landfill in Franklin County.

The utility argues building an expansion to their current facility would be cheaper for customers.

Ameren says if this site is not approved they will have to send their waste to another site which would be passed onto the ratepayers.

A statement from the Labadie Environmental Organization and Sierra Club read that the waste produced would contaminate local ground water.

The groups' statement says if the site is approved, Ameren Missouri should pay for any environmental damage.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jeffrey Militzer.

Intro: 
The Missouri Public Service Commission had its first set of hearings on where Ameren Missouri should dispose of its coal ash.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Ameren Missouri is proposing expanding a landfill that critics say could contaminate Missouri ground water.

Company representatives said it would increase costs for Ameren consumers if Ameren has to dispose of waste at another site.

Attorneys for the Labadie Environmental Organization and Sierra Club argued the landfill could contaminate nearby ground water, including the Missouri River.

Their statement said Ameren Missouri has not examined alternate sites for the waste facility.

Ameren Missouri said all parts of the site have been designed within E-P-A regulations and will not cause any of the environmental problems that have been leveled against it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jeffrey Militzer.


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