Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin

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Energy - Environment
3:52 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

New Pipeline Across Missouri, Illinois Is A Lot Like Keystone - But Have You Heard Of It?

The planned route of the new Flanagan South Pipeline will stretch through eight Illinois and 11 Missouri counties.
(via Enbridge)

In Quincy, Ill. the Mississippi River is a popular place to go boating.

Just a few miles north of here, in another part of Adams County, Enbridge's new Flanagan South pipeline project has quietly been given the go-ahead to cross the nation’s busiest river.

The 36-inch diameter pipeline will initially carry 600,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil primarily from Canada’s tar sands region in Alberta. Light crude from the Bakken Formation in Montana and North Dakota could also flow through it.

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Science
4:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

FIRST Robotics International Championship Will Stay In St. Louis

These students and their robot participated in the 2011 FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Kids with robots will continue coming to St. Louis for the next few years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced today that the world finals of its robotics competition will take place in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.

The international competition has been held in St. Louis for the last three years and is scheduled to remain here next year, as well. Today’s announcement guarantees that the championship will return to St. Louis for the next three years after that.

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Coal Ash
3:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

EPA Holds Public Hearing Over Coal Ash Contamination In Jefferson County

Location of coal ash piles at Rotary Drilling Supply showing proximity to Willers Lake in Festus, Mo.
Credit (via Google Maps)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing Thursday evening about a proposed agreement to address water pollution from the illegal disposal of coal ash from Ameren’s Rush Island Power Plant.

According to the EPA, approximately 140,000 tons of ash containing heavy metals and other toxic substances contaminated Jefferson County wetlands, an unnamed tributary to Plattin Creek and a portion of Willers Lake.

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Mississippi Management
6:25 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Report Calls For Congressional Reform Of River Management Practices

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam, also known as Lock and Dam No. 26, on the Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, Missouri.
Credit (via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

A new report by a coalition of conservation and public interest groups representing the Upper Mississippi River basin is calling on Congress to reform the way it manages the river.

 According to the report, transportation infrastructure on the Mississippi River is the most heavily subsidized private transportation industry in the nation. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

The Battle Between Your Body Clock And The Mechanical Clock

Our internal clock is in tune with the cycle of night and day.
(via Flikr/Stephen Bowler)

It's not easy to adjust to a new time zone or work schedule. Our body has a natural sleep/wake cycle and disruptions to it can lead to more than just feeling tired or exhausted.

Washington University professors Paul Gray and Erik Herzog are studying the biology behind our daily internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Sometimes referred to as the body or biological clock, Herzog defined it as "the entity within the body that synchronizes with an environmental cycle." This is not to be confused with the biological clock some refer to when thinking of a woman's desire to conceive. 

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Public Health
5:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

St. Louis County Officials Call For Stricter Regulation Of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant

Map showing the location of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant.
Credit (via Google Maps)

Updated at 3:45 p.m. on August 14, 2013 and at 11:10 a.m. on August 15, 2013 (to add comment from Ameren).

Another St. Louis County official is calling for tighter pollution controls at Ameren's Meramec power plant.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today released a letter he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to pursue sulfur dioxide controls at the Meramec plant.

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Carter Carburetor
5:19 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Toxic Carter Carburetor Site In North St. Louis To Be Cleaned Up -- At Last

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks (at podium) speaks at the Carter Carburetor announcement in St. Louis on July 29, 2013.
(Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A toxic eyesore in North St. Louis is finally going to be cleaned up.

The old Carter Carburetor Superfund site on North Grand Boulevard will undergo a long-awaited $30 million remediation, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday.

The cleanup is the result of separate settlement agreements between the EPA and Carter Building, Inc., and ACF Industries, LLC. The two companies will cover most of the costs of the remediation.

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Ameren - Coal Ash
5:33 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

National Report Condemns Coal Ash Water Pollution From Ameren's Labadie Plant

Residents of Saint Louis, Franklin County and Jefferson County staged a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Pollution” pageant on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to draw attention to the issue of water contamination from Missouri's coal-fired power plants.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

A new report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups focuses on the need to revamp national water pollution standards for coal-fired power plants.

The report cites Ameren's Labadie power plant in Franklin County as one of the worst waterway polluters in the nation.

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EPA Funding
5:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Missouri Authorities Awarded $1.6 M To Redevelop Brownfields

Credit (via Environmental Protection Agency)

Three Missouri agencies will receive $1.6 million in federal funds to cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it has selected public authorities in St. Louis, Springfield and Jefferson City, to receive the funding as part of its $15 million supplemental revolving loan funds (RLF).

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West Nile Virus
2:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Illinois' First Case Of West Nile In Birds Found In Monroe County

Mosquito feeding on a human finger.
Credit (via Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Illinois' first case this year of West Nile virus in a bird has been confirmed. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the infected starling was collected by the Monroe County Health Department on June 27 in Waterloo, Ill.

This pattern of detection is part of an annual trend seen by health officials in which the West Nile virus is first detected in mosquitoes, followed by birds, and then, people. No cases have been reported so far this year in humans. However, according to health officials, it is only a matter of time before a person is infected.

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