Clean Water Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Gearing Up: First Big Tunnel Of St. Louis Sewer System Upgrade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gearing-first-big-tunnel-st-louis-sewer-system-upgrade <p><strong><em>Updated 2/7/14 to correct the timeline of the lawsuit against MSD.</em></strong></p><p>The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is preparing for its first big dig.</p><p>Starting in a few days, MSD will begin construction of a 3,028 foot-long tunnel under the River Des Peres, just south of Carondelet.</p><p>The tunnel will hold a pressurized pipe that will carry sewage to the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Plant.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:43:47 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gearing Up: First Big Tunnel Of St. Louis Sewer System Upgrade Missouri Approves Sweeping Revisions Of Clean Water Standards http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-approves-sweeping-revisions-clean-water-standards <p><strong><i>Updated at 5:50 p.m. with quote by Sara Parker Pauley; updated at 3:41 p.m. with quote by Lorin Crandall.</i></strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/Wpp/cwc/">Missouri Clean Water Commission</a> has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:30:12 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin, Véronique LaCapra & Marshall Griffin 31218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Approves Sweeping Revisions Of Clean Water Standards Federal judge approves MSD consent decree http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-approves-msd-consent-decree <p><em>Updated at 5:45 with statement from the Attorney General&#39;s office.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 2:00 with comments from MSD, Missouri Coalition for the Environment.</em></p><p>A federal judge in Missouri has given her approval to a <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-review-settlement-over-msd-clean-water-act-violations">consent decree</a> that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to make billions of dollars in improvements to settle Clean Water Act violations.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:21:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3600 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal judge approves MSD consent decree 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 Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 2: paying to fix a messy problem http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inside-st-louis-sewer-system-part-2-paying-fix-messy-problem <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-993709.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-993709.mp3</a></p><p>The <a href="http://www.stlmsd.com/home">Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District</a> has resolved a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency with promises to fix its aging system.</p><p>But the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/enforcement_compliance/MSD_consent_decree_cwa.htm">consent decree</a>, which still must be signed off on by a federal judge, comes with a huge price tag, an estimated $4.7 billion over 23 years.</p><p>In the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inside-st-louis-sewer-system-part-1-fixing-messy-problem">second of a two-part series</a> on the overhaul of the sewer district, St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman explains MSD&rsquo;s rate payers will be picking up the tab.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:35:03 +0000 Maria Altman 2465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 2: paying to fix a messy problem Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 1: fixing a messy problem http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inside-st-louis-sewer-system-part-1-fixing-messy-problem <p>This summer, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District settled a four-year lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act.</p><p>Under the terms of the consent decree, MSD will spend the next 23 years upgrading the St. Louis area sewer system.</p><p>In the first of a two-part series on the sewer overhaul, St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Véronique LaCapra looks at the problems with our sewers&mdash;and what it&rsquo;s going to take to fix them.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:35:52 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2442 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 1: fixing a messy problem MSD holds hearings on possible rate increases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-holds-hearings-possible-rate-increases <p>The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is urging its customers to weigh in on a proposed rate increase that could push monthly sewer bills to $85 a month within 10 years.</p><p>&quot;Without that input, we&#39;re going to be making some very important decisions on our own, and when you look at the cost, it really needs to be a community conversation,&quot; said agency spokesman Lance LeComb.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:30:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1868 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD holds hearings on possible rate increases Court to review settlement over MSD Clean Water Act violations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-review-settlement-over-msd-clean-water-act-violations <p>A <a href="http://www.justice.gov/enrd/5343.htm">consent decree </a>that will settle a four-year-old lawsuit against the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District over violations of the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/cwa.html">Clean Water Ac</a>t is a step closer to taking effect.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 20:31:13 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court to review settlement over MSD Clean Water Act violations MSD board approves settlement on Clean Water violations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-board-approves-settlement-clean-water-violations <p>The board of the Metropolitan Sewer District has approved a<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-board-gives-preliminary-approval-clean-water-lawsuit-settlement"> settlement</a> with the federal government and a <a href="http://www.moenviron.org/">local environmental action group</a> over violations of the <a href="http://epw.senate.gov/water.pdf">Clean Water Act.</a></p><p>The state of Missouri was also a party to the 2007 lawsuit, but did not approve the settlement.</p><p>The agreement will, among other things, require MSD to:</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:22:49 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD board approves settlement on Clean Water violations MSD board gives preliminary approval to Clean Water lawsuit settlement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-board-gives-preliminary-approval-clean-water-lawsuit-settlement <p>The Board of Trustees for the<a href="http://www.stlmsd.com/home"> Metropolitan Sewer District</a> gave its initial approval last night to a multi-billion dollar plan to <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_ceafcdd4-4637-5591-92d5-b2b3c81accac.html">settle </a>a<a href="http://epw.senate.gov/water.pdf"> Clean War Act</a> lawsuit.</p><p>The state of Missouri and the EPA filed the suit in 2007, which the <a href="http://www.moenviron.org/">Missouri Coalition for the Environment</a> later joined. It alleged, among other things that</p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:14:21 +0000 Maria Altman 1403 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD board gives preliminary approval to Clean Water lawsuit settlement