Residents concerned about groundwater pollution from coal ash ponds

Read the full story from the Missourian.

She wasn’t intimidated when the pig’s head showed up in her driveway.

She wasn’t afraid when she found “LEO PIG” spray-painted in red on the back of her black Honda Accord.

She didn’t back down when the security cameras around her home slowly disappeared.

Patricia Schuba has been fighting for environmental justice for the past decade as president of the Labadie Environmental Organization, and she hasn’t let harassment and intimidation stop her. Schuba’s nemesis is visible from any point in the town: The smokestacks of Ameren’s Labadie Energy Center, the largest coal-fired power plant in the state, rise above the Missouri River flood plain and the small town of Labadie in eastern Missouri.

Schuba’s main concern, though, is what lies below the surface. Since 1970, the Labadie plant has been dumping coal ash, the leftover waste from burning coal to create energy, in massive pits in the ground called coal ash ponds.

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