PSC Hearing on Taum Sauk Collapse in 2nd Day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri Public Service Commission is in Day Two of its hearing into the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse in December 2005.

Six Ameren employees were set to testify in today's session. Yesterday a state dam official told the panel that utility employees who removed safety gauges at the reservoir soon after it collapsed essentially tampered with key evidence.

In his opening statement attorney Robert Haar suggested the PSC had no jurisdiction over the reservoir, which falls under the oversight of the federal government.

He suggested the commission may have been politically pressured
into holding the hearing. The P-S-C acknowledges that the feds have jurisdiction over the hydroelectric plant. But it says it's looking into the collapse as part of its general authority to ensure Missouri's investor-owned utilities are safe.

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