Ameren Labadie Plant

An appeal hearing will be held Tuesday, April 22, on a controversial coal ash landfill project proposed for Labadie.

In its appeal, the Labadie Environmental Organization argues that Ameren Missouri’s coal ash landfill design does not comply with Franklin County regulations.

The hearing will start at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Government Center in Union.

The appeal argues that the landfill’s liner would not be 2 feet above the water table.

This is in violation of Franklin County’s land-use regulations, LEO argues in its case.

Joe Feldmann, who serves as the county’s environmental resources officer, has said the claim raised in the appeal is unsubstantiated.

Residents who filed the appeal are represented by Maxine Lipeles with the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Other parties in the case are Franklin County and Ameren.

The appeal argues that Franklin County Planning Director Scottie Eagan “erroneously” determined that Ameren’s proposed landfill design complies with county zoning regulations.

But Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer in a letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the county building and health departments “concur that the application currently complies with our codes and orders.”

Residents who filed the appeal live or own property near Ameren’s Labadie power plant. They are concerned that the construction of a coal ash landfill in the Missouri River floodplain and floodway would contaminate their groundwater wells, threaten their health and reduce the value of their property, the appeal states.