Environmental Protection Agency http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/collateral-impact-epas-proposed-carbon-rule-barge-companies-are-already-adapting <p>Historically, the nation's barges have transported much of the nation's coal. In fact, barges are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eia.gov/coal/distribution/quarterly/" target="_blank">second only behind rail</a>&nbsp;for moving the nation's primary energy source to the power plants that use it. &nbsp;But in June, the EPA put out a new rule to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. The rule's impact on power plants is direct. But what about the impact on the barge industry?<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 03:10:28 +0000 Jess Jiang 37556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-launches-new-state-energy-plan <p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed an <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/news/executive-orders/executive-order-14-06" target="_blank">executive order</a> on Wednesday, officially launching the development of a comprehensive state energy plan.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:47:54 +0000 Parth Shah & Véronique LaCapra 37325 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan Proposed EPA Rules Get Missouri Lawmakers Talking About Carbon Emissions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposed-epa-rules-get-missouri-lawmakers-talking-about-carbon-emissions <p>Missouri lawmakers are sounding off on proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposed EPA Rules Get Missouri Lawmakers Talking About Carbon Emissions National Analysis Suggests Cutting Carbon Dioxide Would Improve Air Quality In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-analysis-suggests-cutting-carbon-dioxide-would-improve-air-quality-missouri <p>Cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would also reduce other types of air pollution, both here in Missouri and nationally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to </span><a href="http://eng-cs.syr.edu/our-departments/civil-and-environmental-engineering/research/carbon-co-benefits-research/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a recent analysis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:38:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36852 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Analysis Suggests Cutting Carbon Dioxide Would Improve Air Quality In Missouri Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-rancor-fear-display-debate-over-epas-coal-proposals <p><em><strong>(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 3)</strong></em></p><p>Within minutes after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted the decision as a “unprecedented power grab.”</p><p>Blunt followed through on Tuesday by co-sponsoring a bill, called the “Coal Country Protection Act,’’ that would allow carbon-emissions limits to go into effect only if other federal agencies could guarantee that no jobs would be lost, electricity rates wouldn’t go up, and the nation’s economy wouldn’t be hurt.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:55:27 +0000 Jo Mannies 36673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-carbon-dioxide-limits-could-mean-big-changes-coal-powered-states-missouri-illinois <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposal sparked immediate debate over the impact, especially in states such as Missouri that depend heavily on coal.</p><p>The new regulations would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide by 2030, compared to 2005 emissions levels.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 01:18:29 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/concerns-over-minority-hiring-dominate-asbestos-cleanup-meeting-north-st-louis <p><strong><em>Updated after the public meeting on 4-10-2014:</em></strong></p><p>The meeting hosted Thursday night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to focus on the first phase of the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis. That first phase involves <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/Carter_Carburetor_April_2014_Public_Mtg.pdf" target="_blank">removing asbestos</a> from the site's main building.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:58:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-contract-army-corps-build-fire-break-bridgeton-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is contracting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a fire break to keep an underground fire from reaching radioactive waste at the landfill complex in </span>Bridgeton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34619 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-touts-bipartisan-effort-tackle-landfill-fix-roads-and-bridges <p>The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.</p><p>So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:06:56 +0000 Jo Mannies 34492 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-epa-says-underground-landfill-fire-poses-little-risk <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201403/2014-01-14_Republic_radiation_evalution_for_EPA.pdf" target="_blank">A study conducted for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> has concluded that the underground fire plaguing part of the Bridgeton Landfill site isn’t a hazardous threat, even if it reaches radioactive material stored at a neighboring landfill.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:35:24 +0000 Jo Mannies 33739 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk