An appeal hearing on a coal ash landfill that was scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to a death in a board member’s family.

The hearing has been tentatively rescheduled for May 27, but there are talks about it being sooner, Franklin County Planning Director Scottie Eagan said.

The purpose of the hearing was to hear an appeal filed by citizens who are concerned that the proposed Ameren Missouri coal ash landfill would contaminate groundwater wells.

The hearing was to be held before the Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment at 6 p.m. at the county government center in Union.

Three board members had already recused themselves over potential conflicts of interest. With the death in the other board member’s family there was not enough for a quorum, County Planning Director Scottie Eagan said.

In the appeal, the citizens and the Labadie Environmental Organization, argue that Ameren Missouri’s proposed landfill design would not comply with Franklin County regulations. The landfill’s liner would not be at least 2 feet above the groundwater table, the appeal states.

Franklin County has said the complaint is unsubstantiated.