Missouri PSC approves controversial Labadie coal ash landfill

Over the objections of the Sierra Club, the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request by Union Electric d/b/a Ameren Missouri for a certificate of convenience and necessity for new coal ash disposal area at its Labadie Energy Center.

The commission said July 2 that it considered the following criteria: whether there is a need for the proposed facility; whether Ameren Missouri is qualified to operate the proposed coal ash landfill; whether Ameren Missouri has the financial ability to construct and operate the proposed coal ash landfill; whether the proposed facility is economically feasible; and whether the construction and operation of the proposed coal ash landfill promotes the public interest.  

“The Commission concludes that approving Ameren Missouri’s application for a certificate of convenience and necessity to expand the boundaries of its Labadie Energy Center to allow room to construct and operate a coal ash landfill will promote the public interest,” said the July 2 statement.       

The granting of this application is conditioned upon Ameren Missouri having obtained all necessary construction and land disturbance permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

In January 2013, Ameren Missouri filed this application and since then had to battle with the Sierra Club in this proceeding. The Sierra Club, which initially disputed whether the PSC had the authority to approve this project, said this landfill would be a danger to local water supplies. Ameren Missouri had lately told the commission it needed this approval fast because the current landfill is running out of space.

Labadie is a 2,407-MW plant in Franklin County, Mo., that began operation in 1970.

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