Missourians shouldn't worry about fly ash

Missourians shouldn't worry about fly ash

Date: October 6, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  In response to the national news story some experts in Missouri aren't worried about a potentially harmful coal byproduct.
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Wrap: Fly Ash is made from burning coal and experts say companies are storing it properly.

Ameren UE spokesperson Tim Fox says the company stores its fly ash on-site in ash collection ponds.

Fox also says Ameren is a leader in recycling fly ash to make concrete.

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Description: "Fly ash is an unavoidable result of burning coal to generate electricity, but on the positive side we are able to recycle it and reuse it."

Missouri Public Service Commission Spokesperson Dan Beck says there is no reason to question the current containment of fly ash in Missouri.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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Intro:  A Missouri power plant is finding ways to reuse its potentially harmful waste byproduct.
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Wrap: Missouri's largest electric utility company Ameren UE is recycling the burning coal byproduct fly ash.

Ameren UE Spokesperson Tim Fox says Ameren stores about half of the fly ash created in on-site ash collection ponds and uses the other half to make concrete.  

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Description: "You know as we continue to burn coal we will continue to have fly ash, and we will continue to look for creative ways to use the material."

Despite the National news story Missouri Public Service Commission Spokesperson Dan Becks says Missouri citizens have no reason to be concerned about the current storage of fly ash because it is being put to a good use.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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Intro:  In response to the national news story experts say a potentially harmful waste byproduct is being safely contained in Missouri.
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Wrap: The Missouri Public Service Commission says the burning coal byproduct fly ash is being stored properly in Missouri.

Its spokesperson Dan Becks says there's no reason to question the current storage of fly ash because its being taken care of by professionals

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Description: "It can be reused for future purposes and that's a you know that that ultimately you know is a good thing if things can get reused instead of just a sitting in a storage container."

Ameren UE Spokesperson Tim Fox says the company recycles half the fly ash to make concrete and stores the other half on-site in ash collection ponds.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.  

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