On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice lodged a Consent Decree between the United States, the State of Missouri, and Ameren Missouri with the federal court in St. Louis. On October 4, 2022, the Consent Decree was made available for public comment for a period of 30 days. The Consent Decree provides the legal basis defining Ameren Missouri’s responsibilities for cleaning up its portion of contamination in the Elm Point Wellfield. The Consent Decree is largely based on information and data generated as part of the June 2021 Record of Decision issued by the USEPA prior to the identification of hazardous chemicals in the City drinking water wells CW-6 and CW-8 over the past year.
It is critical that Ameren Missouri and the other parties responsible for contamination in the Elm Point Wellfield are held responsible by the USEPA and Missouri DNR. Therefore, the City of St. Charles has requested immediate action be taken including:
1. The USEPA should convene two public meetings to inform the public and address concerns raised by the City of St. Charles, prior to finalizing the Consent Decree.
2. The USEPA should extend the public comment period for the Consent Decree until 30 days following the second of the two public meetings
3. The USEPA should require Ameren Missouri and other responsible parties to immediately design and install upgrades to the City’s drinking water treatment plant to remove the hazardous chemicals to ensure continued safety of the public drinking water
4. The USEPA should require Ameren and other responsible parties to relocate the City drinking water wells to an area free of contamination
The City of St. Charles encourages you to submit comments on the Consent Decree before the close of the public comment period on November 3, 2022. Comments regarding the Consent Decree must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice either by email to email@example.com or by mail to Assistant Attorney General at U.S. DOJ-ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. An example comment letter is available on the City of St. Charles is available here.