Nixon Won't File Criminal Charges in Taum Sauk Case

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Friday, May 18 2007 May 18, 2007 Friday, May 18, 2007 1:44:42 PM CDT May 18, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorney General Jay Nixon announced today that he will not pursue criminal charges against Ameren over the December 2005 collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir. Nixon said he made the decision after reviewing reports from the Missouri highway patrol and discussing the matter with Governor Blunt. He said he reviewed thousands of pages in the patrol's investigative report. Nixon and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources continue to pursue a civil settlement with Ameren, which has accepted responsibility for the disaster. More than one billion gallons of water spilled over the Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, devastating the area and seriously injuring a family of five. Ameren officials said they believed all along that they had no criminal liability in the case.

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