Sierra Club Seeking Veto Over City Utilities

Posted: Jul 1, 2013 6:44 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Jul 1, 2013 7:45 AM

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The Sierra Club wants Gov. Jay Nixon to veto a bill that exempts City Utilities from preliminary environmental checks of coal ash dump sites.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that John Hickey, director of the Missouri Sierra Club, says the organization has gotten more than 900 people to contact the governor's office about the environmental omnibus bill.

The bill exempts City Utilities from the requirement that any site under consideration for a coal ash landfill receive approval during a "preliminary site investigation." Coal ash is created when coal is burned.

Joel Alexander, City Utilities spokesman, has said City Utilities only wants to move past the preliminary site investigation phase and to the next step, a detailed site investigation, which he says is much more thorough and would include public hearings.

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