Toxic waste seeping from Ameren coal ash pond for two decades
Thursday, September 1, 2011 | 7:50 a.m. CDT;
updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 1, 2011
LABADIE — A coal ash pond next to an Ameren Corp. power plant in Labadie has been spilling up to 35 gallons a minute of toxic coal waste for two decades, raising concerns in the eastern Missouri town.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that state records show the pond has been leaking since 1992. There is no evidence the leak has made its way into groundwater or affected drinking water, but critics said neither the state nor the St. Louis-based company has ever tested the area for contamination.
Renee Bungart of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the agency has not monitored the site because the law doesn't require it. Ameren plans to make repairs to the pond but does not think there is an environmental threat.
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