Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Clean-up
6:30 am
Fri September 28, 2012

EPA Receives Funding For Lead Clean-Up In Madison County

Several counties in Missouri were included in lead mining, including Madison.
Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today clean-up methods it will take on a former mining site in Madison County.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 13, 2012

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New report: "vast improvements" at John Cochran VA Medical Center

A new government report says the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has made "vast improvements" after an earlier report noted problems.

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EPA-Air Pollution
1:42 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court vacates EPA rule limiting cross-state power plant pollution

EPA map showing how air pollution moves between states.
(EPA.gov website)

Updated 4 p.m.

A federal appeals court has vacated an EPA rule that would have limited the amount of power plant pollution that drifts across state lines. The impact of the ruling by the three-judge panel will be felt in Missouri.

The EPA passed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule last summer.

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Air Pollution
5:48 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Report: Mo, Ill. still among top power plant air pollution states as emissions reduce

Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo.
VĂ©ronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 6:30 p.m. to add information on mercury pollution.

A new report released today puts both Missouri and Illinois among the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report ranked Missouri 15th and Illinois 16th nationwide, based on 2010 data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the most recent data available.

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Morning round-up
6:31 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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EPA, Kellwood reach settlement over contamination

St. Louis-based Kellwood Company has agreed to a plan to clean up the site of former metal fabrication plant in Franklin County.

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Air Pollution Standards
5:14 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Local cement manufacturers may get extra time to meet air pollution standards

Holcim's cement manufacturing plant in Ste. Genevieve.
Holcim U.S. Inc.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to extend the deadline for cement manufacturers to comply with federal air pollution standards.

The extension could impact some local companies.

The EPA proposal would extend the deadline by two years, giving cement manufacturers until September 2015 to comply with the standards.

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Air Pollution Standards
5:54 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Missouri, ranks 2nd highest in mercury emissions nationwide, according to a Nov. 2011 report by the advocacy group Environment Missouri.
VĂ©ronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.

The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.

Missouri’s senators were divided on the issue.

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Air Pollution - Diesel
5:46 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant

The tugboat MSY Dorothy will get cleaner-burning engines this summer, paid for in part by a grant to JB Marine Service, Inc., from the Environmental Protection Agency.
VĂ©ronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Some Mississippi River tugboats will be getting an upgrade thanks to a federal grant aimed at reducing air pollution.

The more than $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will go toward new, cleaner-burning diesel engines for the tugboats.

One of those boats was on view this morning at JB Marine Service, Inc., the barge cleaning and repair company that received the EPA grant.

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Proposition Y
12:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Voters overwhelmingly approve MSD bond issue

A federal judge has approved a consent decree that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to spend almost $5 billion on removing illegal sewer bypasses, like the one pictured here.
(courtesy of Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to correct election date error and add vote totals.

There was sparse voter turnout but overwhelming support for a major bond issue Tuesday that will allow the Metropolitan St. Louis  Sewer District, to gradually increase rates to pay for necessary upgrades.

Referred to as Proposition Y, the bond issue’s passage means the average MSD customer’s bill will go up from around $29 a month to nearly $44 over the next four years.  That's compared to almost $65 a month had the bond issue not been approved. 

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Times Beach testing
4:59 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Times Beach, Mo. site of EPA dioxin tests once again

Aerial photo of former site of Times Beach, MO
Google Earth

In the 1980s, the town of Times Beach, Mo. hired a contractor to spray the town’s dirt streets with oil to cut down on dust.  That oil was later found to contain extremely high levels of dioxin, a known cause of cancer.  Tests in the town revealed levels of dioxin 300 times what is considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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