State Agency Stepping in to Lawsuit Against Ameren

JANUARY 18, 2007 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is trying to join the attorney general's lawsuit against Ameren.

The utility is being sued over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse that heavily damaged a state park and injured a family of five.

Attorney General Jay Nixon's lawsuit claims the company placed profits ahead of safety at the hydroelectric plant.

The state agency last month submitted a proposed settlement offer of more than $125  million to Ameren. The company already agreed to pay federal regulators a $15 million fine for the reservoir collapse.

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