Health, Science, Environment

On a coal barge
10:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting

Train cars of coal at ACL's St. Louis coal terminal will be dumped out and put on Louisiana-bound barges.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Historically, the nation's barges have transported much of the nation's coal. In fact, barges are second only behind rail for moving the nation's primary energy source to the power plants that use it.  But in June, the EPA put out a new rule to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. The rule's impact on power plants is direct. But what about the impact on the barge industry?  

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Bioscience
5:41 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study: Missouri Spends Lion's Share Of Research Funds On Bioscience

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Missouri spends a greater share of its academic research money on biosciences than any other state in the nation, according to the latest study from Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The study finds that, in 2012, the state’s research universities devoted 85 percent, or about $895 million dollars, to academic bioscience research, compared with 61 percent for the national average.

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St. Louis On The Air
6:15 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Local Journalist Details Missouri's Environmental Issues in New Book

Don Corrigan also discussed issues with the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill during the conversation and in his book.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

 Missourians need to be worried – and need to act.

That is the message of Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability — What You Need to Know, a new book from Webster University journalism professor and Times Newspapers editor Don Corrigan.  The book is an overview of various aspects of our environment and sustainability shortfalls – in addition to what we are doing right.

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West Lake Landfill
1:16 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "Suitable For Public Use"

Diagram showing gamma radiation measurements on grassy areas at BMAC. Detections are shown in blue and green. No measurements were more than twice the mean, the level at which EPA Region 7 typically conducts further investigation.
U.S. EPA Region 7

Preliminary radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) suggests the ball fields do not pose a risk to public health.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results on Thursday.

The athletic fields are less than a mile from the West Lake Landfill, an EPA Superfund site containing radioactive waste.

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Air Pollution - Climate Change
5:41 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

St. Louis NAACP Says Shifting From Coal To Renewables Would Benefit African Americans

St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt spoke at a rally on Wednesday organized by the Sierra Club in support of taking action to prevent climate change. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (behind Pruitt) was also among the speakers.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

The local NAACP says air pollution from coal-fired power plants is having a disproportionate impact on the health of African Americans in the St. Louis area.

The civil rights organization joined the Sierra Club, Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and others on Wednesday to rally in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Are You Ready To Live Until You’re 100 or 120? You Just May Need To Be

American Edna Parker was the oldest living person in the world when she died in 2008. In this 2007 photo she was 114.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

According to the Pew Research Center, hundreds of thousands of Americans could live to see 100 by the year 2050. Women in France, Japan and the United States have already lived past the age of 114. With the now realistic possibility that individuals may live into the triple digits, planning ahead for retirement becomes both more important, and more challenging.

Living Longer

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St. Louis on the Air
5:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

City Of St. Louis Launches Plan To ‘Jump N2 Shape’

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With more than 50 percent of its citizens overweight or obese, the city of St. Louis has set a goal of reducing obesity in the city by 5 percent by 2018. To help meet that goal, the city’s health department has set up an online portal for St. Louisans to get involved.

The online “Jump N2 Shape,” portal gives nutrition and fitness advice and calls for St. Louisans to join the weight loss movement. Once signed up, individuals can log the exercise they complete and the pounds they lose.

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St. Louis On The Air
5:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wash U Clinic Seeks Treatments For An Often Undiagnosed Syndrome That Wreaks Havoc On Women

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Randa Herman of Marion, Ill., always knew something was wrong. Her menstrual period came late and wasn’t regular. She had extra hair growth where there wasn’t supposed to be any, and acne after adolescence.

Eventually, Herman discovered her troubles were caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and found her way to Dr. Valerie Ratts' office at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America

Credit Claire McCaskill's Flickr Page

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.

“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”

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More Testing
7:49 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors

The southeast corner of the Bridgeton Landfill, showing the plastic cap intended to keep gases from escaping.
Credit Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 UPDATED 6/20/14 to correct description of radioactivity testing along waste haul routes.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has reached a new agreement with Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services.

It includes additional measures that Republic must take to monitor the movement of an underground fire at the landfill and to control the foul odors ― and potentially toxic gases ― emanating from it.

Those measures include:

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