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.
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.
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. LouisÂ Sewer District, to gradually increase rates to pay for necessary upgrades.
Referred to as Proposition Y, the bond issueâ€™s passage means the average MSD customerâ€™s bill will go up from around $29 a month to nearly $44 over the next four years.Â That's compared to almost $65 a month had the bond issue not been approved.Â
In the 1980s, the town of Times Beach, Mo. hired a contractor to spray the townâ€™s dirt streets with oil to cut down on dust.Â That oil was later found to contain extremely high levels of dioxin, a known cause of cancer.Â Tests in the town revealed levels of dioxin 300 times what is considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.