Hearings Resume in Taum Sauk Reservoir Collapse

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Utility regulators are resuming hearings into the December 2005 collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Attorneys today are questioning the Ameren-UE employee who gave the orders to run the southeast Missouri hydroelectric power plant.  James Bolding monitored power plants from an office in St. Louis.

He says he noticed nothing unusual about the water level at Taum Sauk before it overflowed the top of the reservoir.  More than one billion gallons of water rushed down the mountainside, wiping out Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and injuring the park superintendent's family.

The Missouri Public Service Commission is investigating whether there was a pattern of safety concerns at Ameren.

Today marks the start of the third week of hearings.

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