pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/toxic-site-metro-east-enters-new-phase-cleanup <p>The US Environmental Protection Agency held a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/chemetco/pdfs/chemetco-fs-201310.pdf">community meeting</a> in Hartford, Illinois, on Wednesday, to inform residents about the ongoing cleanup of the former<a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/chemetco/"> Chemetco copper smelter</a>.</p><p>This is the second of three open houses being held this year. Another will be held in December.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:34:57 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 31048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/protesters-urge-state-test-groundwater-coal-ash-contamination-near-ameren-power-plants <p></p><p>A small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters in St. Louis today to voice their opposition to the company's plans to build several new coal ash landfills.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:00:54 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25756 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-tugboats-run-cleaner-help-federal-grant <p>Some Mississippi River tugboats will be getting an upgrade thanks to a federal grant aimed at reducing air pollution.</p><p>The more than $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will go toward new, cleaner-burning diesel engines for the tugboats.</p><p>One of those boats was on view this morning at <a href="http://www.jbmarineco.com/history.htm">JB Marine Service, Inc.</a>, the barge cleaning and repair company that received the EPA grant.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:46:52 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3945 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant St. Louis to get $400,000 from EPA to clean up polluted sites http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-get-400000-epa-clean-polluted-sites <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $400,000 in grants to the <a href="http://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/sldc/">St. Louis Development Corporation</a>. The funds will be used to assess and plan for cleaning up hazardous substances.</p><p>EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says the Agency has a long history of working with the SLDC to clean up contaminated properties, also known as <a href="http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/">brownfields</a>.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 22:36:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3779 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis to get $400,000 from EPA to clean up polluted sites Cleanup of North Alcoa site in East St. Louis subject of public meeting Tues. night http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cleanup-north-alcoa-site-east-st-louis-subject-public-meeting-tues-night <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting tonight in East St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>The agency will to explain <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/northalcoa/">its proposed plan to clean up the North Alcoa site</a>. The property is bounded on the north by Lake Drive, on the east by the Alton and Southern railroad, on the south by Missouri Avenue and on the west by 29th Street.</p><p>EPA&#39;s remedial project manager for the 400-acre site, Dion Novak, says the area is contaminated with waste products produced over 100 years ago by a former alumina refinery.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:18:43 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3511 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cleanup of North Alcoa site in East St. Louis subject of public meeting Tues. night EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-releases-new-online-tool-mapping-water-pollution <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new tool that allows the public to access information about pollutants that are released into local waterways.</p><p>The <a href="http://cfpub.epa.gov/dmr/">Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool</a> brings together millions of records and lets users search for and map water pollution.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:01:15 +0000 Alex King 2942 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution Carter Carburetor site to get new security fencing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/carter-carburetor-site-get-new-security-fencing <p><a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/beebc0b489d357e08525735900400c2f/4a100a01369bc8dd8525794900715bf4!OpenDocument">The Environmental Protection Agency</a> is following through on its commitment to fence off the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region07/cleanup/carter_carburetor/">former Carter Carburetor manufacturing plant</a> in north St. Louis.</p><p>The 10-acre property is contaminated with asbestos, PCBs, and other industrial pollutants.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:29:55 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Carter Carburetor site to get new security fencing Report ranks St. Louis 10th smoggiest U.S. city http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-ranks-st-louis-10th-smoggiest-us-city <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri/news/reports/repower-america/repower-america3/danger-in-the-air-unhealthy-air-days-in-2010-and-2011">new report</a> released today by the advocacy group <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri">Environment Missouri</a> ranks St. Louis as the 10th smoggiest metropolitan area in the country.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:50:37 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2104 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report ranks St. Louis 10th smoggiest U.S. city Nitrate pollution in Mississippi River Basin remains at 1980s levels, despite reduction efforts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nitrate-pollution-mississippi-river-basin-remains-1980s-levels-despite-reduction-efforts <p>A <a href="http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pubs/nitrate_trends/">new study shows</a> that despite decades of effort to reduce nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, concentrations remain as high today as they were in the 1980s.<br /><br />The U.S. Geological Survey conducted the study, which looked at nitrate levels at eight sites on the Mississippi, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio rivers.<br /><br />USGS hydrologist and study lead Lori Sprague said the next step will be to figure out where the pollution is coming from.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:09:59 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1833 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nitrate pollution in Mississippi River Basin remains at 1980s levels, despite reduction efforts SLU to study effects of air pollution on pregnant women in China http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slu-study-effects-air-pollution-pregnant-women-china <p>The <a href="http://www.slu.edu/publichealth.xml">Saint Louis University School of Public Health</a> is launching a study to look at the effects of urban air pollution on pregnant women in China.</p><p>SLU epidemiologist <a href="http://www.slu.edu/x40394.xml">Zhengmin Qian</a> says the research will track the pregnancies of 100,000 women in <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202467898422525235363.0004a8af7c87c7a7a3b4b&amp;msa=0&amp;ll=30.600094,114.301758&amp;spn=14.273897,19.753418">Wuhan</a>, a city of nine million people in central China.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:01:07 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLU to study effects of air pollution on pregnant women in China