Nixon Sues Ameren Over Taum Sauk Spill

1 decade 11 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, December 13 2006 Dec 13, 2006 Wednesday, December 13, 2006 12:43:40 PM CST December 13, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS - Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed a lawsuit against Ameren Corporation over the Taum Sauk reservoir failure a year ago. Nixon is asking the state's largest utility to pay compensation and punitive damages for negligence that resulted what he calls "one of the worst man-made disasters in Missouri's history." The lawsuit was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court a day before the breach's one-year anniversary. A spokeswoman for Ameren did not return a phone call seeking comment. The lawsuit came a day after the Missouri DNR announced it had offered a proposed settlement over civil claims involving the failure. The breach spilled one billion gallons of water from Ameren's hydroelectric plant atop Profitt Mountain in southeast Missouri.  No one was killed but the raging water nearly destroyed Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and injured a family of five. Yesterday Nixon criticized the DNR proposal, saying it didn't do enough for those closest to Taum Sauk.

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