Groups ask state to block Ameren coal ash landfill

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Environmental groups fighting a proposed coal ash landfill in Franklin County have delivered about 3,500 petitions to state officials seeking denial of a construction permit for the Ameren Missouri project.

Labadie residents and other project opponents say the landfill near an existing Ameren power plant in a Missouri River flood plain could contaminate the local drinking water supply. Ameren says the landfill will have a protective liner and extensive pollution monitoring equipment. The company says the landfill is needed as on-site coal ash storage ponds become full.

KWMU-FM reports that the petitioners want the state to deny the project's construction permit, which is now under review by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.