The Saint Louis University School of Public Health is launching a study to look at the effects of urban air pollution on pregnant women in China.
SLU epidemiologist Zhengmin Qian says the research will track the pregnancies of 100,000 women in Wuhan, a city of nine million people in central China.
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for possible water contamination in Southeastern Missouri, in the area affected by the Birds Point levee breach.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a Mississippi River levee at Birds Point on May 2 to protect upstream communities like Cairo, Ill.
The levee breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland, including a confined animal feeding operation.
Updated at 5:00 p.m. with comment from Ameren Missouri.
A new report suggests that power plants in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s top emitters of mercury pollution.
Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.
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