By Grant Bissell

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Protestors dressed as chefs want to end Ameren Missouri's plans to build coal ash landfills near some power plants.

The activists marched outside Ameren's St. Louis headquarters Wednesday holding signs demanding clean water and chanting "toxic coal has got to go."

They also served plates of coal ash-contaminated food.

The group believes coal ash landfills could contaminate ground water near the plants in St. Louis and Jefferson County.

"I'm here to request that Ameren not put their toxic waste sites in our rivers flood plains. As we all know the river is high right now and you should not be putting ash waste sites around Labadie, Meramec, or Rush Island," said Festus resident Gary Kappler.

"The fact of the matter is that the production of energy using coal is a very safe process and we would not do anything to harm our customers or the public," said Ameren spokesperson Rita Holmes-Bobo.

The group also delivered petitions to Ameren demanding groundwater monitoring at coal ash sites.

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