May 22, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo. — A Reynolds County judge today denied a motion by the Department of Natural Resources to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Jay Nixon against Ameren. Nixon sued Ameren in December for damages resulting from the 2005 collapse of its Taum Sauk reservoir; the DNR filed a motion to intervene in the case in January. Nixon said the ruling by Circuit Judge William Camm Seay helps clear the way for the state’s lawsuit to proceed.
“The court properly recognized the authority and role of the Attorney General in representing the people of Missouri in this matter,” Nixon said. “Now that this delay has been removed, I am able to focus our undivided attention on pursuing a proper remedy for Missourians that holds Ameren accountable for putting profits over safety.”