Flood near coal-fired power plant raises concerns about water contamination
Flood near coal-fired power plant raises concerns about water contamination.
(KMOV.com) – There are concerns that chemicals from a coal-fired power plant could be getting into the water supply in Labadie, Mo.
The Labadie Environmental Organization is concerned that coal ash is seeping into ground water near Ameren’s plant on the Missouri River.
Those tests are conducted by Ameren and are turned over to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Schuba worries that contaminants are being leached from coal ponds into groundwater and could ultimately mix with flood water, and then drinking water used by hundreds of thousands of people.
Arora says more testing will be conducted and future data will be released on Ameren’s website.
Missouri American Water said drinking water was tested for boron and sulfate before the floods and no issues were found.
Schuba said she hopes the ash is moved to a place that isn’t in danger of flooding.
However, Ameren said it feels the current location is safe and will do a full inspection after the water recedes.
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