Ameren Damn Safety Chief Didn't Report Taum Sauk Problems

OCTOBER 4, 2006 - Posted at 4:25 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - Ameren Corporation's new dam safety chief failed to tell federal regulators about critical problems at the Taum Sauk reservoir for months before the dam collapsed.

Tom Hollenkamp will be the point man for reporting any safety problems at Ameren's hydroelectric plants to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hollenkamp and at least nine other Ameren employees were warned about broken safety equipment at Taum Sauk in southeast Missouri months before it collapsed in December.

FERC says the company did not comply with federal rules and report the problems.

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