Missouri coal ash case sent back to circuit court
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling that allowed Ameren Corp. to build a landfill next to its power plant near St. Louis, but the company says it will go ahead with construction anyway.
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Franklin County Commission's hearing on a zoning change for the landfill was insufficient because members of the public were not allowed to speak.
Environmentalists and nearby residents filed a lawsuit citing the potential for groundwater contamination and the plant's location in the Missouri River floodway.
The landfill would collect waste from coal burned for electricity at the power plant 45 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The ruling comes a month after the Missouri Department of Natural Resources granted a construction permit for the 167-acre landfill.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the most recent information.]