October 1, 2013 1:43 pm

LEO Takes on Franklin County in Appeals Court

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Tomorrow, Weds 10-2-13, LEO attorneys will make oral arguments in front of 3 appellate court judges in the 3rd District that Franklin Counties regulations that allow Utility Waste Landfills in the riskiest locations possible…are not in the interest of citizens.

If you care to attend, the hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Old Post Office, 815 Olive Street Rd., downtown St. Louis MO, 3rd floor. There is easy parking across the street and we think the case will take no more than 2-3 hrs to hear. We assume we will hear arguments from all parties (Franklin County, Ameren and of course LEO) and that the judges will share with the public a schedule of when the decision will be rendered in the case. If LEO wins, Ameren cannot build its landfill in Franklin County under the currently passed regulations. If Franklin County wins, they can proceed with permitting with the County and MODNR. If the federal EPA promulgates its rule on Coal Combustion Waste management, the landfill cannot be build as designed in the Labadie Bottoms because even under Subtitle D…it would sit in water. The landfill site has groundwater above the surface of the floodplain during parts of the year which means Ameren would need to bring in tons of clay to build up the site to build the landfill. General thought is that they want the permits on this site before the federal EPA promulgates its rules on Coal Combustion Wastes and Effluent Discharge Limits (ELG). The ELG Rule, under court order, must be promulgated by May 2014.

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Thanks for hanging in there with us as we navigate the system to advocate for average people and the communities impacted by coal ash!

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