Environmental Protection Agency

EPA / Air Pollution
12:52 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

EPA announces first-ever national standards for air pollution from power plants

Ameren’s power plant in Labadie, Mo. which is ranked 2nd highest in mercury emissions nationwide, according to a Nov. 2011 report by Environment Missouri.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:39 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first-ever national standards for air pollution from power plants.

The rule will require Ameren and other electricity companies to reduce emissions of toxic pollutants like mercury and arsenic, which can cause developmental effects, cancer, asthma, and other serious health problems.

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Joplin lead cleanup
11:19 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Joplin gets EPA help for lead testing, remediation

Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24,two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city. The EPA will provide $500,000 to test and clean up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas exposed by the tornado and recovery.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The federal Environmental Protection Agency will provide the city of Joplin, Mo. with $500,000 to help test and clean up lead-contaminated soils that were exposed by the May 22 tornado that devastated the city.

The money from the Superfund program will allow the city to hire one full-time and one part-time person to coordinate a soil testing and remediation plan. The funds will also pay for a vehicle, equipment, supplies and travel expenses.

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Economy
6:13 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Old North St. Louis neighborhood wins national "smart growth" award

Old North was one of two St. Louis neighborhoods to participate in this year's Open Streets festival.
(Courtsey of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group)

Updated 5:01 p.m. with comment from EPA, and 6:05 with comment from Sean Thomas.

Old North St. Louis has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

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Science/Mercury in Mo.
4:48 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo., is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

A new report released today by Environment Missouri shows power plants in the state produce more airborne mercury than 46 other states.

The report, which uses data from the Environmental Protection Association's toxic inventory release, found that of the nearly 4,000 pounds of mercury that Missouri's 17 coal-fired power plants released in 2010, more than 70 percent came from four plants owned by Ameren Missouri.

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Air pollution - ozone
3:50 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Report ranks St. Louis 10th smoggiest U.S. city

A September 2011 Environment Missouri report on smog pollution ranks St. Louis air quality among the worst in the nation.

A new report released today by the advocacy group Environment Missouri ranks St. Louis as the 10th smoggiest metropolitan area in the country.

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Metro East - Pollution
5:28 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Metro East: demolition of former Chemetco copper smelter moves forward

Removing one of the large manifolds from the roof of the foundry building at the former Chemetco secondary copper smelter.
(Photo courtesy of Illinois EPA)

Demolition of the former Chemetco copper smelter took another step forward on Tuesday. The demolition is the start of a long clean-up process for the hazardous Metro East eyesore.

The Illinois EPA is overseeing the dismantling of the smelter buildings, which began last year.

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Health - lead paint
11:02 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington University cited for lead paint violation

(Image courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency)

The Environmental Protection Agency is fining Washington University for failing to tell tenants about lead paint hazards in some of its married student housing units. The violation will cost the university close to $28,000.

The civil settlement involves three rental apartments northeast of Washington University’s Danforth campus.

The consent agreement says that between 2008 and 2010, the university failed to tell student tenants about previous citations for lead paint violations from the City of St. Louis Health Department.

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EPA / Missouri Water Quality Standards
6:15 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

EPA issues decision on Mo. water quality standards

The River Des Peres near St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

The EPA today issued its decision on Missouri's water quality standards, approving how the state categorized 244 streams, rivers and lakes.

That decision means water bodies newly designated for high contact uses like swimming will need more protection.

Some sewage treatment plants, municipalities and others will need to start treating their wastewater discharges.

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Science
11:49 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

EPA says north St. Louis residents near Carter Carburetor plant are safe from pollutants

The Carter Carburetor plant spans an entire city block and has been vacant since 1984.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency says testing near the old Carter Carburetor plant in north St. Louis shows offsite contamination is too low to cause health problems.

The EPA tested air, soil, and sediments in a one-block radius around the plant for PCBs, dioxins, and other industrial pollutants.

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EPA / Air Pollution
4:51 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

EPA sets new air pollution limits for coal-fired power plants

A preview of the EPA's interactive map showing how air pollution moves between states. See a link to the full map in the story below.
(EPA.gov website)

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new limits on air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The rule aims to lower emissions from power plants in 27 states including Missouri and Illinois.

The goal is to reduce soot (fine particulates) and smog (ground-level ozone) and improve air quality downwind. (Check out this map from the EPA, a preview of which is above, to see how the new limits affect your state).

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