Ameren: Tired of "political football" over Taum Sauk
By: Associated Press
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- An Ameren vice president is accusing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Attorney General's office of playing "political football" while cleanup from the Taum Sauk reservoir breach languishes 17 months after the accident.
Meanwhile, in Jefferson City, a state senator from Southeast Missouri also criticized political sniping over the reservoir collapse.
Both the DNR, led by an appointee of Republican Governor Blunt, and Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon are separately trying to reach a civil settlement with Ameren. Company vice president Richard Mark says the company doesn't know who to negotiate with.
Republican state Senator Kevin Engler of Farmington says Lesterville schools risk closing unless the matter is resolved.