Ameren Labadie Plant

Citizens can review Ameren Missouri’s construction permit application for a Labadie coal ash landfill at the Washington Public Library, 410 Lafayette St.

The proposed landfill site is about 2.5 miles northeast of Labadie and adjacent to the power plant.

The permit application that can be viewed at the library is a copy of the document that has been filed with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR announced Monday that it received the permit application.

Ameren officials have said that the landfill will be used to store coal waste from the power generating facility.

Ameren is proposing the coal ash landfill because the ash storage ponds are reaching capacity.

A group of Labadie property owners has appealed its case to stop the landfill from being constructed.

The lawsuit is against Franklin County, and it charges that county commissioners improperly adopted zoning code changes allowing for the landfill.

Specifically, the plaintiffs argue that the county’s public hearing process limited input from citizens.

Moreover, the plaintiffs say that adopting the landfill zoning change did not meet the standard that such code modifications must promote the health, safety, general welfare, and property values of the county.

The plaintiffs lost their case in Franklin County Circuit Court in January, and the suit is in the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District in St. Louis.

The plaintiffs, called the Labadie Environmental Organization, have said that a coal ash landfill can cause cancer and lower property values.

Ameren officials have said that the landfill would have a groundwater monitoring system and a liner to prevent contamination.

The proposed 166-acre landfill would meet coal ash disposal needs for about 20 years, and it would be built in several phases, with phase one expected to cost $27 million, according to Ameren.

Ameren officials have said that they hope to begin construction on the landfill in 2014.

Questions or comments about the proposed landfill can be directed to DNR’s Solid Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or by calling 1-800-361-4827 or 573-526-3940.