pollution

Industrial Pollution
7:18 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

New Health Survey Fails To Dispel Concerns About Industrial Contamination In North St. Louis County

The "plume" of TCE-contaminated groundwater in Elmwood Park is shown in light blue in the top left of this map.
Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After years of concern, residents of Elmwood Park aren't any closer to knowing if they are being harmed by chemical vapors.

In the late 1980s, the industrial chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE, was first detected in groundwater under the North St. Louis County neighborhood. The contamination came from spills at the nearby Missouri Metals Shaping Company.

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Metro East - Pollution
5:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup

Aerial view of the former Chemetco secondary copper smelter in Hartford, Illinois.
(via US Environmental Protection Agency)

The US Environmental Protection Agency held a community meeting in Hartford, Illinois, on Wednesday, to inform residents about the ongoing cleanup of the former Chemetco copper smelter.

This is the second of three open houses being held this year. Another will be held in December.

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Ameren - Coal Ash
6:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Protesters Urge State To Test Groundwater For Coal Ash Contamination Near Ameren Power Plants

Protesters join in an anti-coal ash chant outside Ameren headquarters in St. Louis.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters in St. Louis today to voice their opposition to the company's plans to build several new coal ash landfills.

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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.
Véronique 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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Pollution Cleanup
5:36 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

St. Louis to get $400,000 from EPA to clean up polluted sites

Some of the EPA funding will go toward the cleanup of underground storage tanks, like this one at 4266 McRee Ave. in St. Louis. This cleanup was undertaken by the Garden District Commission with funding from the EPA and the Brownfields Cleanup Fund.
(Amy Lampe/SLDC)

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $400,000 in grants to the St. Louis Development Corporation. The funds will be used to assess and plan for cleaning up hazardous substances.

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says the Agency has a long history of working with the SLDC to clean up contaminated properties, also known as brownfields.

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East St. Louis / North Alcoa
3:18 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Cleanup of North Alcoa site in East St. Louis subject of public meeting Tues. night

Aerial view shows the North Alcoa site in East St. Louis. The inner boundary line indicates Operable Unit 1, the target of EPA's proposed cleanup plan. The three residue disposal ponds are marked with the dotted lines.
(via EPA.gov)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting tonight in East St. Louis. 

The agency will to explain its proposed plan to clean up the North Alcoa site. The property is bounded on the north by Lake Drive, on the east by the Alton and Southern railroad, on the south by Missouri Avenue and on the west by 29th Street.

EPA's remedial project manager for the 400-acre site, Dion Novak, says the area is contaminated with waste products produced over 100 years ago by a former alumina refinery.

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Water Pollution
4:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. A new tool from the Environmental Protection Agency allows the public to access information about pollutants released into local waterways.
(via flickr/benclark)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new tool that allows the public to access information about pollutants that are released into local waterways.

The Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and lets users search for and map water pollution.

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Industrial Pollution
3:29 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Carter Carburetor site to get new security fencing

The former Carter Carburetor plant on N. Grand Ave. in St. Louis.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its commitment to fence off the former Carter Carburetor manufacturing plant in north St. Louis.

The 10-acre property is contaminated with asbestos, PCBs, and other industrial pollutants.

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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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Nitrate Pollution / Mississippi River Basin
3:09 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Nitrate pollution in Mississippi River Basin remains at 1980s levels, despite reduction efforts

A map showing each of the sites involved in the U.S. Geological Survey's study on nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.
(Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

A new study shows that despite decades of effort to reduce nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, concentrations remain as high today as they were in the 1980s.

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted the study, which looked at nitrate levels at eight sites on the Mississippi, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio rivers.

USGS hydrologist and study lead Lori Sprague said the next step will be to figure out where the pollution is coming from.

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