The Missouri Public Service Commission has not asked Ameren Missouri to look for additional landfill sites but rather requested that the company provide additional information, if it exists, on other sites.
PSC spokesman Kevin Kelly said a headline that appeared in the weekend edition of The Missourian does not accurately reflect an order issued by the agency.
The headline stated, “PSC Asks Ameren to Look for Alternate Landfill Sites.”
The story was about a coal ash landfill that Ameren wants to build next to its power plant in Labadie.
In its order issued last week, the PSC actually asked Ameren Missouri, the Labadie Environmental Organization, PSC staff and the Sierra Club to “address the question of whether any other studies, reports, or other documents examining alternative sites, options, or possibilities exist” for the landfill.
The article that appeared in The Missourian was accurate, but the headline was not representative of the commission’s order, Kelly said.
Nothing in the order asked Ameren to look for alternate landfill sites, he said. Instead, the order was just seeking additional information from the parties about alternate sites if such information exists, he said.
Ameren looked at alternate sites for the landfill and found the Labadie location was the most cost-effective, said Warren Wood, Ameren’s vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs.
“It is clear that storing this material in a solid state next to the Labadie Energy Center is a state-of-the-art approach that will be safe, result in the lowest cost to customers, and avoids the inconvenience of approximately 70 trucks per day on roads going to and from the plant,” Wood said in a prepared statement.
Ameren Missouri will be filing additional testimony in response to the question of alternate sites on September 13th.
The order last week also delayed formal evidentiary hearings in the case from Sept. 23-25 to Oct. 15-17. This was done after Ameren requested more time to rebut statements made during public hearings on the landfill.
Information on other landfill sites as well as other testimony must be filed by Sept. 13, the PSC order states.
Many citizens spoke out against the proposed landfill, saying the project may cause health problems, contaminate well water and harm the environment.
Ameren officials have vowed that the landfill would be safe and meet stringent government regulations.