Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio
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.
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).
An aerial view of Joplin, Mo. on June 1, 2011, 10 days after an EF-5 tornado swept through the area. The EPA announced today that the city will receive an additional $2.4 million to clean up contaminated soil disturbed by the twister.
The Madison County Mines Superfund site is part of the Old Lead Belt, where the mining of heavy metals began in the 1700s. The nearly 500-square-mile area is contaminated by lead, a highly-toxic metal that can wreak havoc on organs and tissues in the human body.