AmerenUE-Labadie facility considers a utility waste landfill in Franklin County

Public Awareness Session is April 28

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-101 For Immediate Release: April 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- In an effort to explain the permitting process for landfills and the approximate timeline for ruling on the permit application, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public awareness session.  The session will be held on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Labadie Elementary School Gymnasium, 2749 Highway T in Labadie.  Representatives of the Department's Division of Geology and Land Survey, Solid Waste Management Program, and St. Louis Regional Office will be present along with representatives from AmerenUE to answer questions during the informal discussion period.    

AmerenUE is considering making a proposal to construct a utility waste landfill at its Labadie coal-fired power plant in Franklin County.  They have operated the Labadie facility since 1970.  AmerenUE completed the first step of the permitting process in February when it obtained approval from the Department to begin a preliminary site investigation.  This approval allows AmerenUE to move to the next phase of the permitting process, which includes the public awareness session.    

There are currently seven permitted utility waste landfills in Missouri.  Utility waste landfills are used to dispose of fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag or other slag waste generated primarily from the combustion of coal.

State statute requires proposed landfills be hydrologically and geologically suitable for sitting a landfill.  AmerenUE is preparing a detailed site investigation work plan and will provide its documentation to the Department's Division of Geology and Land Survey for review and approval before the project may move to the next permitting step.

The Department of Natural Resources reviews all applications submitted by cities, counties and private owners to ensure solid waste landfills are properly designed and constructed.  Technical factors that protect Missouri's environment are also examined. 

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Charlene Fitch, Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0176, or call 573-751-5401 or 800-361-4827.  If possible, please notify the Department two weeks before the meeting.  For more information on site investigations, please contact the Department's Division of Geology and Land Survey at 573-368-2100.