Concerns Raised Over Coal Ash in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Environmental advocates believe there are many spots around Missouri where coal ash has fouled ground and surface waters.
The owner of suburban St. Louis business Rotary Drilling Supply Inc., reached a settlement last week with the Environmental Protection Agency over the unauthorized disposal of coal ash. Coal ash is the waste produced when coal is burned to produce electricity.
Under the settlement, Rotary Drilling must place a cap over the ash piles to prevent runoff and take other measures to ensure against further pollution. The company also has to restore impacted wetlands. The ash came from Ameren's Rush Island plant in Jefferson County.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Sierra Club and other groups say lax regulations in Missouri give utilities wide latitude to reuse coal waste.