DNR, Nixon May Work Together on Taum Sauk

ST. LOUIS, MO - State officials may be willing to put aside differences with Attorney General Jay Nixon and work toward a settlement over the Taum Sauk disaster.

DNR director Doyle Childers made those comments after seeing a letter from Nixon to a lawyer from Ameren Corporation.  That letter outlines what Nixon calls "essential elements" necessary to settle the case.

The provisions require Ameren to spend $350 million to rebuild the hydroelectric plant.  They also require continuing tax payments in Reynolds County as if the plant were still operating, and to agree not to pass along Taum Sauk-related costs to customers.

Childers says he is optimistic DNR and Nixon can work together on a settlement plan.

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