DNR Proposes Settlement over Taum Sauk

DECEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 11:55 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Nearly a year after Ameren Corporation's Taum Sauk reservoir burst, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering a settlement proposal to the St. Louis-based utility.

As part of the proposal announced today, Ameren would let the state use a mountain it owns near the site of the reservoir failure and a 47-mile stretch of railroad right-of-way the company owns in western Missouri.  The railroad corridor could be turned into a hiking and biking path.  The mountain would also be used for recreation.

Ameren says only that it is interested in resolving all matters with the state.

The reservoir breached on December 14 of last year, spilling one billion gallons of water and causing damage to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and other areas.

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