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No Criminal Charges to be Filed in Reservoir Disaster

ST. LOUIS, MO - Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon will not pursue criminal charges in the December 2005 collapse of Ameren Corporation's Taum Sauk reservoir in southeast Missouri.

Nixon says today that after reviewing an investigative report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he has decided against charges for the disaster that badly damaged Johnson Shut-Ins State Park as well as part of the Black River in Reynolds County.

Still, Nixon says it is clear that the St. Louis-based utility put profits over safety.  The state continues to seek a civil settlement with Ameren.

The company has denied putting safety aside but has taken responsibility for the accident that spilled more than one billion gallons of water.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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