Lawmakers Express Frustration about Taum Sauk Settlement

FEBRUARY 6, 2007 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some lawmakers are growing impatient with efforts to recoup a financial settlement from the Taum Sauk reservoir failure.

Ameren Corporation says it wants to rebuild the reservoir. The mountaintop basin broke in December 2005.

Republican Senator Kevin Engler and House member J-C Kuessner represent the eastern Missouri area where Taum Sauk is located.

They say rebuilding the hydroelectric facility is important to the local economy, because it accounts for half of the tax base for the Lesterville School District.

They also say residents believe settlement negotiations have become a political football.

Governor Blunt's administration and Attorney General Jay Nixon are taking different approaches in trying to get Ameren to pay damages.

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