State, Ameren disagree on when park could reopen

State, Ameren disagree on when park could open
By: Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- A controvery is bubbling about when to reopen Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in Southeast Missouri.
The park was wiped out in December 2005 when the Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed and unleashed a billion gallons of water down a mountainside.
The Department of Natural Resources says the park will remain closed this summer because its restoration work is not complete.
But Ameren UE, the utility company that owns the hydroelectric plant, says it could fix-up enough stuff to open the park to tourists by July First.
DNR Director Doyle Childers today called that an unacceptable "band-aid fix."
The state still has not finalized a legal settlement with Ameren -- partly because of a dispute between the D-N-R and Attorney General Jay Nixon.
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