Missouri AG Sues over Taum Sauk Reservoir Failure

DECEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 3:16 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon today files a lawsuit against Ameren Corporation, asking the utility to pay compensation and punitive damages for negligence that resulted in the December 14, 2005, breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Nixon called the breach, "one of the worst man-made disasters in Missouri's history."  The suit alleges a long history of decisions by Ameren and its employees that led to the catastrophe.

The lawsuit, filed in St. Louis, comes a day before the one-year anniversary of the breach.  And it comes a day after the Missouri Department of Natural Resources proposed a settlement.

No one was killed in the breach, but Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park was damaged and the park superintendent, his wife and three children were injured.

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