AG thrilled with Taum Sauk settlement
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AG thrilled with Taum Sauk settlement

Date: November 28, 2007
By: Brandon Smith
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Ameren UE will pay nearly 200 million dollars from a settlement with Attorney General Jay Nixon over the 2005 Taum Sauk disaster.

Brandon Smith has reaction from the attorney general's office. 

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Nixon spokesman Scott Holste called it a tremendous settlement, and said the attorney general took a tough stance, ensuring Ameren would not pass the cost of the settlement onto its ratepayers.

 

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Description: It provides more than 100 million dollars to rebuild Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.  It provides almost another 70 million dollars for various natural resources damages, including money that's going to go for state parks.


Ameren said insurance would pay for the bulk of the settlement. 

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Brandon Smith.


Intro: The attorney general's office reached what it called a "tremendous settlement" with Ameren UE over the 2005 Taum Sauk disaster. However, changes may be on the way for the settlement.

Brandon Smith has more from Jefferson City. 

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The final agreement calls for Ameren to pay nearly 200 million dollars without passing the cost onto ratepayers.

However, comments can be made to the Department of Natural Resources regarding the cost.  Changes to the settlement itself can then be made based on those comments.

Scott Holste, spokesman for the attorney general, said they don't know what those changes might be.

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Description: People certainly may have comments about how some of the money is going to be divided up.  There may be a number of things that are going to be taken into consideration.


Holste did say they don't anticipate the amount of the settlement going down at all.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Brandon Smith.