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      Taum Sauk Reservior generates energy again

      Nearly five years after the Taum Sauk Reservoir failed, Ameren/UE announced Wednesday that the replacement reservoir is generating electricity.

      The reservoir breach on Profitt Mountain in Iron County in December, 2005 sent more than a billion gallons of water into nearby Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and the Black River.

      The park superintendent, his wife and their three children, were swept out of their home, but survived.

      Ameren agreed to a $180 million settlement with the state.

      Ameren says new safety features, including continuous video monitoring and an overflow release system will prevent another failure.

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