A new report by the American Lung Association finds that the St. Louis metro area still
has high levels of ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog.
The annual State of the Air report ranked St. Louis 13th out of 217 metro areas in the country for ozone pollution. That’s worse than St. Louis performed in last year’s report, although the trend over recent decades has been gradual improvement.
The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”
The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.
In a Notice of Intent to Sue delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.
Starting on March 15, gas stations in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and the city of St. Louis can switch from vapor-capturing nozzles (black “boot,” left) to ordinary nozzles (right).
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio (left) and Art Chimes (right)