mercury http://news.stlpublicradio.org en US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-senate-upholds-limits-power-plant-air-pollution <p><em>Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.</em></p><p>The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.</p><p>The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/mats/actions.html">Mercury and Air Toxics Standards</a> finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.</p><p>Missouri&rsquo;s senators were divided on the issue.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:54:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3953 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources sponsoring mercury drop-off sites http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-dept-natural-resources-sponsoring-mercury-drop-sites <p>The Department of Natural Resources is launching a statewide roundup of mercury in Missouri. There will be around 50 mercury drop-off sites in the state, including four in the St. Louis area.</p><p>The department is working with fire departments and county health offices to provide drop-off locations where citizens and non-profit agencies can leave instruments containing mercury like thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, thermostats or switches.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:09:40 +0000 Alex King 2993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources sponsoring mercury drop-off sites Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-among-top-states-airborne-mercury-pollution <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/uploads/23/92/23923dc9106cd4aa757d2aff4efabc41/MOE-Biggest-Mercury-Polluters---WEB.pdf">new report</a> released today by Environment Missouri shows power plants in the state produce more airborne mercury than 46 other states.</p><p>The report, which uses data from the Environmental Protection Association&#39;s toxic inventory release, found that of the nearly 4,000 pounds of mercury that Missouri&#39;s 17 coal-fired power plants released in 2010, more than 70 percent came from four plants owned by Ameren Missouri.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:48:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2531 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-missouri-among-nations-top-mercury-polluters <p><em>Updated at 5:00 <span data-scayt_word="p.m" data-scaytid="2">p.m</span>. with comment from Ameren Missouri.</em></p><p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri/news/reports/repower-america/repower-america3/dirty-energys-assault-on-our-health-mercury">new report</a> suggests that power plants in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s top emitters of mercury pollution.</p><p>Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:09:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 503 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters